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mycitiNews24 reports that the City of Cape said on Wednesday that MyCiTi buses would be escorted by metro police and other city law enforcement officers to prevent further attacks.  

This came after two buses were set alight this week.  It is still unclear who is behind the attacks, but they come amid a bus drivers’ strike.  On Tuesday morning, a bus was set alight at the Omuramba station in Milnerton.  There were no passengers on the bus and the driver managed to escape unharmed.  On Wednesday morning, another MyCiTi bus was torched at the Lindela bus stop in Khayelitsha.  Nobody was injured, but operations between Khayelitsha and the Cape Town CBD were suspended until further notice.  On 14 October, MyCiTi bus drivers embarked on an unprotected strike that has been marked by reports of intimidation and harassment.  They are demanding better pay and working conditions, as well as an end to the use of labour brokers.  The City has obtained an interdict to stop the striking drivers from intimidating, harassing or assaulting MyCiTi passengers or staff.  The SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council has been approached for assistance and a senior commissioner will facilitate negotiations, which will include the vehicle operating companies (VOCs) and the company managing the MyCiTi stations.

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