Robbers target Golden Arrow bus passengers

Golden Arrow bus passengers were robbed by two armed in Khayelitsha

The driver of a Golden Arrow bus and four passengers were robbed by two armed men in Khayelitsha last week.

The two men forced their way onto the bus which was loading passengers near the Engen Garage in Spine Road around 6.40am.

Community leader, Yanga Mjingwana, expressed his shock and dismay at the incident, saying it was clear that criminals wanted to make their lives a living hell.

Mr Mjingwana appealed to police officers to tighten their grip on criminals and that it was becoming commonplace for robbers to target bus commuters.

“We must stand up and protect our community. We must not say crime is the police’s (concern) alone. They need us too.

“I mean we have children that use bus as a mode of transport to and from school and with such incidents we constantly fear for their lives and safety.

“We can’t travel with our phones and belongings on the bus because we fear that we might be attacked and robbed.

“We live in fear every day and now it seems as if you make it the next day you should be grateful in these times,” he said.

He also called on Golden Arrow to improve its security measures as well.

Golden Arrow Bus Services, public relations manager, Bronwen Dyke-Beyer, confirmed the incident.

“Our driver and four passengers had their possessions taken. The matter was reported to Harare SAPS and a replacement bus was made available for our passengers.

“We have been working closely with SAPS in Khayelitsha who have been boarding buses and conducting operations as part of the joint operational plan but this is indicative of the severity of the crime problem in the area,” she said.

Harare police station spokesperson, Captain Siyabulela Vukubi said a case of robbery was being investigated.