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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on the MyCiTi Dunoon station late yesterday afternoon, 20 March 2016.

A group of protesters linked to an illegal land grab in Dunoon, attacked and vandalised the MyCiTi Dunoon station in Potsdam Road yesterday at about 16:30. Commuters and a security guard fled the scene when the protesters threw rocks and objects at the station building, causing damage to the glass panels and exterior of the building.Nobody was injured during the attack, but the T01 and T04 services along Potsdam Road were suspended for the rest of the evening with buses turning around at the Potsdam station. Police and Law Enforcement were on the scene, closing Potsdam Road to traffic at the intersection with Blaauwberg Road as from 17:00 onwards.

Yesterday’s attack is the second within five days on MyCiTi station infrastructure. On Tuesday 15 March 2016 illegal taxi operators vandalised the MyCiTi Phoenix station in Omuramba Road in Joe Slovo, causing damage to the station roller shutter doors and the front entrance, the cash office windows, and entrance canopy sheets.

There is absolutely no excuse for this criminal and thuggish behaviour.

The extent of the damage to both stations is still being assessed and the costs will be determined in due course. Save to say that those who will suffer the most are the communities of Dunoon and Joe Slovo who will not be able to use the Dunoon and Phoenix stations for a number of weeks while the buildings are repaired.

The City will assist in whatever way we can to identify the perpetrators. The South African Police Service is investigating the crimes and I am confident that those responsible will be apprehended and face the full might of the law.

As from this morning the T01 and T04 services returned to normal, with buses stopping at the Usasaza and Killarney stations. Commuters from Dunoon are advised to please use the Usasaza station for the time being.

Buses operating along Route T04 from Dunoon to Century City, are still being deviated along Racecourse Road, into Koeberg Road, onto Bosmansdam Road and into Ratanga Road, as the Phoenix station is not operational.

Law Enforcement will continue to be present in the area to ensure the safety of the MyCiTi drivers and the commuters.

I am extremely concerned about the attacks on City infrastructure the past few days. Whatever the reason, there can be no justification for the anarchy, violence and destruction that took place in Dunoon and Joe Slovo.

Vandalism and the destruction of City property, coupled with intimidation and threats to our personnel and law abiding citizens, is unacceptable. We cannot tolerate this behaviour and I am urging the South African Police Service to please bring the perpetrators to book as a matter of urgency.

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