Driver injured in bus petrol bombing

A MyCiTi bus on fire in Roodebloem Road, Woodstock.

A MyCiTi bus driver sustained serious injuries after the bus he was driving was petrol bombed in Woodstock on Monday night.

The City of Cape Town’s fire and rescue spokesman, Theo Layne, said two fire engines and one rescue vehicle was dispatched to the scene in Roodebloem Road on Monday December 10.

Mr Layne said the driver of the bus sustained serious injuries while one passenger has a non-critical injury.

Woodstock police confirmed there were only one passenger and the driver in the bus.

Sergeant Hilton Malila of Woodstock police said the incident happened after 9.30pm in Roodebloem Road when two men stopped the MyCiTi bus travelling towards Cape Town. “It’s been alleged that the two men stopped the bus on the corner of Lawley and Roodebloem roads and after the driver stopped, they just started to spray the bus with petrol and set it alight,” said Sergeant Malila.

No suspects have been arrested yet.

Woodstock police have opened a case of arson, malicious damage to property and attempted murder. “The circumstances surrounding the incident is under investigation,” Sergeant Malila said.

The City’s Mayco member for transport and urban development, Felicity Purchase, expressed her concern and shock over the attack.

“All in all, five MyCiTi buses have been burnt out in petrol bomb attacks since October 15, and another four buses have been damaged in similar foiled attempts. The losses associated with these attacks on the MyCiTi service amount to approximately R22 million,” said Ms Purchase.

Anyone who has witnessed or has information relating to this incident can contact the investigation officer, Sergeant Andre van Rensburg, on 021 486 2840 at the Woodstock police station.

The City’s Transport Information Centre can also be contacted on 0800 65 64 63 if anyone has information related to the bus attacks and fires.