School boys arrested for robbery of Bolt driver

Four matric pupils from a Cape Town school were arrested in class in connection with the robbery of a Bolt driver.

The 50-year-old man claims that the four knife-wielding pupils from Vista High School beat him up and stole his valuables on Thursday September 16, leaving him traumatised. He identified two of them at the high school on Friday September 17.

After the boys were granted bail at the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court last Monday, September 20, the father of two, who asked not to be identified, said he feared for his life.

He said picked the pupils up in Cape Town’s CBD and took them to Khayelitsha where the incident occurred.

The Western Cape Education Department’s communications director Bronagh Hammond said the pupils would be allowed to continue with their assessments and write their exams.

“The incident happened outside of school hours in another community, kilometres from the school,” she noted.

“The victim reported the matter to the police and given that the driver could identify them as Vista High School learners, the police then approached them at the school and arrested four over-18 male matriculants.

“The learners will continue to write assessments and tests, as well as the examinations. The SGB are to determine a way forward with regards to disciplinary action against the learners,” said Ms Hammond.

SAPS spokesman Colonel Andrè Traut confirmed that four 18-year-olds had appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s court on Monday September 20.

“A case was opened by an e-hailing driver on 19 September at Lingelethu west police station. It is alleged that the four learners from a Cape Town high school robbed the e-hailing driver of his cellular telephone and wallet after using his services from Cape Town to Lingelethu West. The suspects were released on bail,” said Colonel Traut.