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MyCiti bus routes suspended as Danoon violent protest continues

The MyCiTi infrastructure that was vandalised will cost millions of rand to restore and take months to complete.

The violent protest in the Cape Town townships of Dunoon and Joe Slovo, which were initially staged by disgruntled taxi owner on Friday had continued into Saturday with residents continuing in the violent protest

City of Cape Town traffic services spokesman Richard Coleman said the N7 between Plattefloof Road and Potsdam Road was among several roads closed in Danoon while police tried to restore order.

Felicity Purchase, the mayoral committee member for transport, said the Phoenix MyCiTi station was vandalised, looted and set alight in Friday’s unrest, which saw the N7 closed several times as stones rained down on vehicles.

“As a precautionary measure, we have closed the Sanddrift MyCiTi station as well, and MyCiTi Routes 261, 262 and 260 are temporarily suspended until further notice. “Commuters are advised that the buses operating on Route T03 are being deviated from Omuramba to Century City via Montague Drive. Further deviations include the T01 and T04 buses which are short-turning at Potsdam station and the Killarney station. Both stations will remain closed until further notice.”

Purchase said repairs to MyCiTi infrastructure would cost millions of rand and take months to complete.

“A criminal case will be opened and we are currently working on identifying these perpetrators on the CCTV footage which could be obtained,” she said.

“Anyone arrested will be investigated in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act, which provides for stricter bail conditions and harsher sentences, including up to 30 years’ imprisonment for those caught and convicted for destruction of essential infrastructure.”

More: Sowetan Live

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