Golden Arrow tries to block MyCiti service

Golden Arrow Bus Services applied for an interdict to prevent the rollout of the MyCiti Bus Services.

The modern MyCiTi bus to serve new routes was launched in Cape Town on 4 March 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday said it is disappointing Golden Arrow Bus Services turned to the courts to block the rollout of the MyCiti Bus Services.

Speaking before a full council sitting at the Cape Town Civic Centre on Tuesday morning, the mayor touched on transport and land issues.

De Lille said it is surprising Golden Arrow Bus Services wants to halt the rollout of MyCiti Bus Services when it will directly benefit the poor.

Golden Arrow lodged an interdict with the Western Cape High Court, citing concerns about a breakdown in negotiations with the city bosses about its stake in the service.

She said it is ironic that Golden Arrow, which has many directors who are former unionists, are trying to halt the service.

The mayor also made mention of the looming interdict against the controversial N1/N2 Winelands Toll Roads Project, which received a warm response from opposition benches.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has agreed not to appoint a concessionaire to head toll road project before June.

De Lille also announced that land in Somerset West will be handed over for restitution purposes and property has been freed up in Khayelitsha for private development.