City turns to courts over MyCiTi bus strike

Bus drivers and other staff employed by the MyCiti bus operating companies have embarked on a third day of an illegal strike at the Civic Center. Bus drivers also used their vehicles to barricade roads around the Civic Center and the CBD. Picture: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA)
The City of Cape Town has accused the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of being behind the wildcat strike by some of the MyCiTi Bus Service workers.

Yesterday, the City approach the courts to protect MyCiTi personnel, passengers and assets against the strike.

Two female bus drivers were held hostage, passengers were chased out of the MyCiTi stations, MyCiTi buses were stoned, along with further acts of intimidation, assault, and the blocking of roads.

The City accuses the EFF of using the unprotected strike which started on Monday October 15 to drive their political agenda.

Some of the drivers, who reported for duty yesterday, were forced out of the MyCiTi buses which were already servicing their routes. 

Mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron has again called for a dialogue between the employer and the striking workers.

“I am, once again, urging those who have embarked on this strike to use the structures and processes in place to address any grievances or concerns they may have with their employment,” said Mr Herron.

This morning, the majority of MyCiTi routes are still not operational. 

Routes T02, T03, D01, D02, D03, D04, 214, 215, 217, 232, 233, 234, 236 and 237 are currently operating.

Commuters can contact the Transport Information Centre 24/7 on 0800 65 64 63 for the latest information regarding the service.