In a bid to put an end to the violent attacks on its buses, Intercape is now offering a large sum of money in exchange for information.
The bus company reported 130 incidents in just over a year
Intercape says that in the past 18 months, it has faced over 130 incidents of violence, intimidation and extortion. Staff and passengers have suffered at the hands of the attacks with Intercape bus driver Bangikhaya Machana dying in a shooting incident in April.
Many have alleged that the violent attacks on the buses are being carried out by taxi operators. The incidents more commonly occur in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.
Intercape is offering a reward of R550 000 and one of R300 000
Now, Intercape has offered a R550 000 reward if you can provide information that leads to the arrest and successful prosecution of those responsible for the bus attacks.
In addition to this, Intercape will be offering a R300 000 reward for information that could lead to the successful prosecution of those responsible of organising and leading the violence against the bus company, reports EWN.
Intercape emphasises that the information and sources of information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
The company also noted that perpetrators have reportedly insisted that they increase their fares and that Intercape pays large sums in extortion money in order to operate in specific areas.
Taxi operators want Intercape to raise fares or violence will follow
Previously, it was reported that the taxi industry has reportedly threatened ‘acts of violence’ if their demands are not met.
One of the demands made by the industry is that Intercape needs to increase its bus fare in terms of travel from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape. This news was revealed by Deputy National Commissioner responsible for Policing Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili.
“Amongst presentations made by bus services is that the taxi industry has threatened acts of violence should their demands not be complied with, and those include the Intercape to increase their bus fare from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape,” said Mosikili. Read the full story here.