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tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that two former Tshwane bus drivers who were seen on video footage entering and exiting an A Re Yeng bus seconds before it was set alight told the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday that it was a mere coincidence they were on the bus that day.  

Alphios Mohlabane and Solomon Choma denied they had anything to do with the incident in October 2016 when the bus was burnt, killing one of the alleged arsonists and seriously injuring a female passenger.  Sam Matebane, CEO of TRT Bus Service which was contracted by the city, testified that Mohlabane and Choma were part of a group of 99 bus drivers who were fired in August 2016 after taking part in an illegal strike.  He said security was beefed up after some of the former bus drivers tried to attack him and threatened that if they were not going to drive the buses, no one would.  Mohlabane and Choma pleaded not guilty to charges of the murder of former bus driver Daisy Makeke and attempted murder of passenger Sebola Kgaugelo, as well as to charges of destroying essential infrastructure, public violence and the possession of petrol bombs.  Judge Bert Bam on Wednesday acquitted two other former bus drivers on all of the charges because of a lack of evidence.

  • Read this report by Ilse de Lange in full at The Citizen

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