Cosatu calls for IRT bus probe

The trade union federation wants Cape Town’s IRT bus system investigated.

MyCiti bus service. Picture: City of Cape Town

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Monday called on three watchdog organisations to probe the construction of Cape Town's Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) bus system in the wake of revelations about collusion in the building industry.

Work on the IRT system began in 2007.

Since then, the cost has escalated.

However, city officials explained the escalated cost was due to a significant underestimation of the actual cost of the project, and not due to corruption.

But Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich is suspicious that some people are getting kickbacks.

"We feel there is a need for a detailed investigation into both the funding of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province and the link to those companies [involved in construction]."

Meanwhile, the MyCiTi Bus Service is set to be rolled out to Atlantis and Mamre this year.

This comes after the service was successfully launched in Table View and the Cape Town central business district.

But expanding the service into Salt River and Woodstock has been a headache for city bosses.

Phase 1a of the project, which is three years in the making, should be completed by November.