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Metrobus worried about safety

A non-striking Metrobus driver was allegedly intimidated and attacked by strikers.

Members of South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) protesting outside Metro Bus depot in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on 9 July 2013. Picture: Leeto Khoza/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Metrobus said it was extremely concerned about workers fearing intimidation if they did not participate in the strike, which is entering its fourth day.

Metrobus' Ranti Mahlabana was speaking in response to an incident where a non-striking driver was assaulted allegedly by strikers.

He said the company was dealing with authorities on the issue.

"We're engaging Metro police as well as the Saps. We haven't received any indication of any threats. However, our bus drivers have raised concern that they don't want to go back on the road because of intimidation."

On Monday, South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) embarked on an indefinite strike demanding the company's acting managing director Lawrence Maqekoane be suspended or step down.

Drivers affiliated to Samwu said the company was riddled with corruption since Maqekoane took office in 2012.

Mahlabana said on Tuesday management spent the entire day looking at various options from their side to end the strike.

"We're still backing efforts to try and bring an end to the strike but we still have 49 percent of running buses."

Meanwhile, Samwu's Phanuel Tshikovha said on Tuesday they were also opposed to the bus operator's implementation of a behavioural assessment when employing new staff.

"We are saying the behavioural assessment is illegal. It must be stopped."

Several commuters have been left stranded this week as a result of the strike.