‘Kids should go to school in their area’

The WC Transport MEC says the department can't commit to making more buses available for scholar transport.

FILE: Golden Arrow buses. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - Spokesperson for the MEC of Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape, Siphesihle Dube, on Friday said the department could not commit to making more buses available during peak hours because scholars are meant to attend school in the areas in which they live.

Golden Arrow recently put in a request for additional buses after a listener called in to report seeing an overcrowded Golden Arrow vehicle transport school pupils on a popular route.

The listener said, "The buses are always jam packed, there isn't space to even move around. Children even stand next to the driver."

However, Golden Arrow confirmed that no new buses have been added to their fleet after the request was made.

Dube said the department could not make any promises but had engaged in talks with the relevant people.

He also mentioned that the reason that buses may be overcrowded is because scholars don't attend schools in the areas in which they live.

"Children should be going to school in the areas in which the live, that is the ideal situation."

LISTEN: _ Siphesihle Dube speaks to Keino Kammies_