Municipal bus service to eThekwini, taxis across KwaZulu-Natal hanging amid violence

  • Municipal bus operations have been suspended at eThekwini due to violence.
  • The riots, which started last week, saw trucks set on fire and shops looted.
  • The suspension of the bus service comes as the municipality tries to ensure the safety of employees.

The municipal bus service to eThekwini was suspended Monday due to violence and looting across KwaZulu-Natal.

The decision was made with the aim of ensuring the safety of municipal employees.

In a statement late Sunday evening, eThekwini Municipality announced that municipal bus operations would be suspended on Monday due to “ongoing civil unrest”.

Taxis will also not operate in the province for fear that “taxis (…) will be damaged,” the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) said in a message on Twitter.

Violence and looting erupted across the province in the last few days after the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday.

The incidents saw major highways blocked with burning debris, damaged infrastructure, looted shops and at least 33 trucks set on fire.

One person was killed and at least 62 people were arrested in the violence that spread through Johannesburg over the weekend.

The statement of the municipality of eThekwini reads as follows:

In addition to bus service, residents can expect further service disruptions in the coming days. Although the municipality remains committed to minimizing disruptions, the safety of employees and municipal property remains paramount.

The municipality said it will share updates with residents via social media platforms.

“Residents are urged to report incidents of damage to public property to 031 361 0000 or 10111, as well as to their advisers. Residents are also urged to exercise caution at this time to ensure their safety,” said the communicated.

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