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Police launch manhunt for Metrobus robbers

Two people including the driver are undergoing emergency surgery after the shooting.

A Metrobus driver was shot and wounded after robbers attacked the vehicle in the early hours of 1 April 2015 in Newlands. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

Johannesburg - The search is now on for five suspects who boarded a Metrobus, opened fire on the driver and robbed some passengers of their belongings in Newlands, west of Johannesburg, this morning.

They fled on foot into the Tarlton area.

The police's Katlego Mogale said, "The two suspects held the passengers up at gunpoint and proceeded to rob them of valuables which included cellphones and cash."

Two people including the 58-year-old driver, Selelo Edward Marwala, are undergoing emergency surgery to remove bullets after the shooting.

ER24's Werner Vermaak said, "The bus driver was shot in his stomach. He's in a serious condition, as well as a passenger who was grazed along his abdomen."

WATCH: An eyewitness recounts the events during the armed robbery.

The wounded were rushed to hospital by paramedics who were first on the scene.

Statements have been taken from passengers, and the bus has been moved and Ontdekkers Road reopened.

Meanwhile, a passenger who was on board told Eyewitness News of the ensuing chaos.

Charnette Kotze said she was sitting in the upper section of the bus when she heard the commotion.

"There were about three or four gun shots that went off, and everybody started scuffling into the back of the bus. I'm still a bit shaken up, I've started a new job today and I'm just a little shaken up."

Another passenger who was on a bus behind the one attacked says this is not the first time a bus has been targeted in the area.

"This is the first incident where they shot the driver. In the other incident, they held the driver at gunpoint and then robbed the people."

More than 10 passengers in the bus were held up.

_ LISTEN: _ Metrobus spokesperson Esther Dreyer explains what happened:

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