tshwane thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the City of Tshwane indicated on Tuesday it would be seeking an urgent interdict from the Labour Court to stop employees at Tshwane Bus Services (TBS) from striking and to restrain them from damaging the municipality’s property.

The City advised as follows: “Two of the city’s buses were [allegedly] stoned and damaged by the striking employees this morning shortly after leaving the depot in the CBD to do the morning shift. TBS management was forced to withdraw the buses back to the depot for the safety of the drivers and passengers and to safeguard the city’s assets. Fortunately no one was injured during the incident.” From Monday, the bus service had been operating only 40 out of 160 buses on skeleton staff , but services had to be temporarily suspended on Tuesday morning after the two buses were attacked. Drivers downed tools on Wednesday last week, demanding they be allowed to use the bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes. Their strike was also to pledge solidarity with a colleague who was arrested last Tuesday for driving in a dedicated BRT lane. Spokesperson for the City of Tshwane, Selby Bokaba, said: “The driver refused to be arrested and blocked the road with the bus.” He said Tshwane metro police had to call for back-up from police and the driver was arrested. Tshwane’s application for an interdict was set to be heard in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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