Tshwane Bus Service suspended in Olievenhoutbosch due to protests

Tshwane Bus Service suspended in Olievenhoutbosch due to protests

The City of Tshwane has suspended its bus service in Olievenhoutbosch until further notice due to protest action.

Residents in Oalievenhoutbosch, The Reeds and surrounding areas took to the streets to express their rage. Certain areas have been without electricity for over 4 days due to the ongoing strike by the City’s employees. According to the municipality, the striking workers have ensured that the non-striking employees are not able to restore power in these areas and deliver other services.

TSHWANE BUS SERVICE SUSPENDED IN OLIEVEN

The City of Tshwane said the Tshwane Bus Service has decided to withdraw operations in Olievenhoutbosch, south of the city on Friday until further notice due to the ongoing protest in the area.

“Last night, a Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) vehicle was deployed in the area to monitor the protest. The vehicle was pelted with stones and damaged by community members, and this morning (Friday) after assessing the situation, we decided to suspend bus operations for the safety of our drivers, passengers as well as to safeguard our assets – the buses.”

City of Tshwane

STRIKING EMPLOYEES DISRUPT SERVICE DELIVERY

City of Tshwane employees embarked on an illegal and unprotected strike on Monday 15 March 2022. The striking employees also reportedly blocked non-striking employees from going to work. The municipality said this is causing prolonged delays to the city’s ability to respond to some of the outages that are affecting parts of the city.

On Thursday, 17 March, the municipality established a Joint Operations Centre between the South African Police Services (SAPS) and Tshwane Metro Police to restore order and put an end to service delivery disruptions.

MMC for Community Safety, Ald Grandi Theunissen said the municipality cannot allow lawlessness to continue unabated.

“Through the Joint Operations Centre we have deployed law enforcement teams to monitor hotspot areas and ensure high police visibility. We also have teams on the ground protecting City infrastructure from any possible destruction.

“The City has also put in place surveillance measures to identify the instigators behind the illegal strike who are engaged in criminal activities such as destroying property and intimidating staff.”

City of Tshwane MMC for Safety, Ald Grandi Theunissen