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Golden Arrow confirms 10 buses torched during Taxi strike

Golden Arrow torched

The bus company Golden Arrow has confirmed four more of its buses were targeted on Monday morning and the number of torched buses amidst an ongoing minibus taxi strike now stands at 10.

Golden Arrow (GABS), also known as Gabs, is a public transport provider in Cape Town that operates Bus routes since 1861.

The Golden Arrow has 100 Bus routes in Cape Town with 91 Bus stops.

Their Bus routes cover an area from the North (Malmesbury) with a stop at Mamre (Paradise Rd) to the South (Strand) with a stop at Strand.Their most western stop is Somerset Hospital (Goodwood) and the most eastern stop is Somerset West (Somerset West).

Golden Arrow’s Bronwen Dyke-Beyer: “It’s just extremely sad that people have to walk kilometres to try and access transport. Tonight, when it’s dark, they’ll probably be walking home again and so we really call for this to come to an end. Obviously, we secured the court order yesterday but then this morning we had the taxi blockade on the N2 and two buses set on fire. I’m not sure what it’s going to take from the authorities and we’re just hoping that some kind of peace can be found and Santaco can call on its members not to disrupt our services.”

Sporadic incidents of violence and intimidation have been reported since Thursday afternoon following a decision by Santaco to withdraw all minibus taxi operations.

But Santaco has distanced itself, saying its members were not responsible for the attacks.

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