George bus torching: Violence briefly flares up again

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 21, 2015

Calm has reportedly returned to the township of Thembalethu near George after violence once again flared up following the torching of five Go George rapid transport busses by disgruntled taxi drivers on Wednesday.

The George Herald reports that police had to use stun grenades early this morning, after a number of drivers prevented officials from impounding their vehicles at roadblocks in the town’s central business district and at the entrance to Thembalethu.

It has also been reported that some had demanded police release a fellow driver, who had been arrested in connection with the arson attacks. Four houses were also reported as having been destroyed after taxi drivers launched a protest against the implementation of the bus service on a number of routes in town.

Western Cape MEC for Transport Donald Grant has meanwhile indicated that discussions would be held with taxi union, Uncedo, to discuss their grievances, but added that no negotiations would take place.