South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), says their members working for Rea Vaya bus service in Johannesburg have officially joined the national bus strike over wages. On Wednesday PioTrans, the company that runs the Rea Vaya bus service, was granted an injunction preventing their drivers from joining the strike.
Company spokesperson, Dumisani Mntambo says: “The interdict was granted yesterday and then we received a letter from Samwu to say now our drivers are joining the national strike. So the current situation is that we are still on strike. We're going to wait until the issue is resolved nationally.
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town has suspended all the operations of the MyCiti bus service as of nine o'clock Friday morning due to fears for the safety of passengers and drivers. The city says there have been acts of intimidation against its drivers because of the current national bus drivers' strike. The suspension was initially only for the Table View area but Councillor Bret Herron says it now affects all their buses.
“The bus drivers received threats that made theme fear for their safety and we were concerned about the passengers who would be on buses. There were no specific details to the threat but the threats were serious enough for us to decide to suspend the service”, said Herron.