City and Province Offer Reward for Information on Stoning of Golden Arrow Bus
Joint Statement by Premier Hellen Zille and Mayor Patricia de Lille
The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government have offered a reward totalling R50 000 to any person who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for Friday night's stoning of a Golden Arrow Bus, resulting in an accident that left the driver dead and five people, including a child, seriously injured.
The driver lost control of the bus during the stoning. The bus crashed through the road barrier, and then ploughed into shacks alongside Mew Way in Khayelitsha. The incident followed threats by the ANC Youth League to make Cape Town "ungovernable" and "bring Cape Town to its knees" by various methods, including preventing "any and all Golden Arrow buses and taxis from operating".
These threats were widely reported in the media on the morning of this horrific attack. The perpetrators of the violence must face the full force of the law. The ANC Youth League must also be held accountable for this terrible sequence of events, following their calls to target public transport as part of their "ungovernability" campaign. It is more than despicable to target innocent commuters using public transport, and those responsible must face the most severe punishment possible under the law.
It is a very serious reflection on the ANC national and provincial leadership (including President Jacob Zuma and provincial leader Marius Fransman), that they have not reprimanded the ANCYL's incitement to public violence.
The national ANC leadership has remained silent in the face of these threats, issued over a considerable period, and resulting in various incidents of destruction of public property - apart from the bus horror on Friday evening. The only inference that one can draw from the ANC leadership's silence is that it condones its Youth League's incitement to violence and criminal activity.
The city and province will not remain silent in the face of such actions. We await the outcome of the investigation of the criminal charges that we have laid against the ANCYL, and will closely monitor any other action that follows from this investigation.
Anyone with such information can contact:
Tel: 021 400 3355