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BRT bus comes under fire in Soweto

A bus rapid transit (BRT) bus was shot at in Soweto in a drive-by shooting, Johannesburg police said on Saturday.

“Four occupants in a sedan shot at a BRT bus last night [Friday] but no one was injured,” said Captain Katlego Mogale on Saturday.

The shooting took place in Klipriver Valley Road in Soweto, while the operator was picking up other bus drivers.

Mogale was unable to say if the shooting was linked to threats made by the taxi industry.

Angry members of the taxi industry last month threatened to use violent protests against the BRT system as they felt their livelihood was being threatened by its implementation.

On Friday, the United Taxi Association Forum (Utaf) said the City of Johannesburg was forcing the BRT system on the taxi industry.

Utaf spokesperson Ralph Jones the union was staging an indefinite stay-away in opposition at the expansion of the BRT system as the city planned to add smaller buses to feed into the main BRT routes on Monday.

He said the city was clamping down on illegal taxis as a means to further the BRT system.

No arrests had been made but police were investigating. – Sapa

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