Statement by Minister Ndebele on BRT bus shooting

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has condemned in the strongest possible terms the shooting of a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system bus in Soweto last night (1 September 2009) which left two people, including a police officer, injured.

"As government, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the shooting of a BRT bus in Soweto last night (1 September 2009) and wish those injured a speedy recovery. We have called upon the SAPS to do everything possible to ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are speedily brought to book and face the full might of the law. We also call upon members of the public who may have any information on this shooting to please come forward.

"Such attacks on the lives of innocent citizens cannot be allowed to continue. All law enforcement agencies are, therefore, stepping up their measures to protect lives and property, including a stronger police presence. We will continue to ensure that our commuters are protected at all cost.

"We remain committed to implementing the BRT system in partnership with all stakeholders, especially the taxi industry. Through the National Joint Working Group (NJWG) on Public Transport, we will continue our intensive engagement with the taxi industry. Therefore, any issues of concern must be addressed through the NJWG.

"We want to re-iterate that the interest of the commuter remains paramount," said the Minister.

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