It will cost R8m to replace buses torched in Gqeberha since the beginning of this year. Two buses from the Algoa Bus Company were set alight on the M17 on the way to Kwazakhele on Tuesday morning.
And before that, a tanker truck was set alight on the corner of the M17 and R335 to Addo. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Algoa Bus Company, Sicelo Duze, said six of their vehicles were torched since the beginning of the year.
“We are aware of the two buses that burned today because of service delivery issues. This year alone six of our buses has been lost.
“To replace all six buses will cost the company R8m. Our buses are insured, but the book value of one alone is R600 000 and it will take R1.2m to replace it,” he said.
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Duze said the bus service will continue along those routes once protests have stopped.
“We will not be risking the lives of our drivers and passengers.
“This is happening all over the country including Cape Town though. The country is on fire and it’s not only buses, four trucks were also set alight.”
Duze said that it does not make sense to burn private property.
“People are asking for houses and water and I understand people’s frustration with government. But they are fighting for lack of service and then burning the companies providing those services. We are not part of government. There’s nothing we can do to fulfill government promises. It doesn’t make sense and it’s quite frustrating.”
Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said there are still small groups of 50 to 60 protesters blocking the roads.
“Police are still on the relevant roads affected. We are urging motorists not to make use of those roads.” He added that no arrests has been made.