Threats on officials will not stop BRT - Ndebele

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Johannesburg - Transport Minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, says government will not stop the implementation of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system despite threats on government officials.

"No number of threats will stop the introduction into the lives of all our people of a state-funded public transport system such as the BRT which is efficient, safe and affordable," said Ndebele in a statement.

This follows an attempted robbery at the home of City of Johannesburg's MMC for Transport, Rehana Moosajee. Four men disturbed by a security guard while trying to break into the house.

Certain media have claimed the attack may be linked to Moosajee's involvement in the implementation of the new transport system, which the taxi industry has been opposed to.

"If it is as so claimed, that this attack is related to the successful launch at the beginning of September 2009 of the Rea Vaya BRT in Johannesburg, we want to reiterate our earlier statements. Nothing and nothing at all, will make us flinch from implementing the BRT," said the minister.

He described the attack as criminal thuggery of the worst order and called on the police to act swiftly and to apprehend the suspects involved in the attack.

Ndebele said no threats will stop the BRT adding that in other parts of the country, plans were in motion to introduce the BRT.