Bus plows into Delft houses after attack


A Golden Arrow bus plowed into three houses at Delft in the Western Cape early Wednesday morning after four men allegedly pelted the bus with stones.

According to Capt. FC van Wyk, Western Cape police spokesperson, said the police were called to the scene at Lanze Street around 04:30.

“The 49-year-old bus driver told the police that four men pelted the bus with stones, after which he lost control of the bus and plowed into the houses.

“Fortunately, no injuries were reported,” says Van Wyk.

An accident report has been opened.

Derrick America, the DA’s provincial spokesperson on mobility, says the DA appeals to Lt. Gen. Thembisile Patekile, the Western Cape police chief, to clarify the measures he has introduced to protect buses in the province from criminals.

“The attack resulted in the bus crashing into three houses and causing enormous damage to the properties. It also put the lives of residents and commuters at risk,” says America.

Numerous bus companies suffer from similar attacks, which not only compromise passenger safety, but cost bus companies millions in damages every year.

“The police must be able to ensure commuter safety so that the Western Cape government can continue to build an integrated transport system that gets people to work and home safely.

“If the police cannot do this, policing powers must be transferred to competent provincial governments, such as the Western Cape,” says America.