Last Tuesday night, 28 May 2019, a Rea Vaya articulated bus was torched in Mzimhlophe, Soweto during a community protest.
The incident happened at about 6.30pm along Soweto Motorway near Carr Street, when a truck towing a Rea Vaya bus that had broken down was torched by protesters.
The tow truck driver was also attacked and was rushed to hospital.
This is the second time that a Rea Vaya bus owned by Piotrans, the Rea Vaya bus operating company, has been burnt at the same location in Soweto
City of Joburg officials were left “disturbed" by the attack.
“It is unfortunate that the assets of Piotrans, a black owned business that was supported by the City through transformation of minibus taxi operators is attacked by the community that they are committed to serving", said MMC for Transport in the City of Johannesburg, Nonhlanhla Makhuba,.
To date three buses at a total estimated cost of R11.5 million have been torched during service delivery protests.
In recent months buses have had to be diverted to ensure the safety of passengers but this has caused bus delays and inconvenience to passengers.
It can take many months to replace a bus leading to less buses being available to transport workers, learners and students to their places of work, school and universities. Reduced buses also leads to overcrowding on existing buses.
“I condemn the burning of buses by protesters and encourage them to find solutions in a peaceful way to service delivery issues and concerns. I call upon law enforcement agencies to investigate the incident and bring those responsible to face the full might of the law," added MMC Makhuba.