Hunt for Metrobus robbers continues

Five thieves boarded a bus on Ontdekkers Road and shot the driver and a passenger.

FILE: Police comb the scene for evidence after a Metrobus driver was shot and a passenger wounded in the early hours on 1 April 2015 during a robbery. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Public Transport Sello Lemao, says his department will work with police to find a gang of men who ambushed a Metrobus and shot the driver and a passenger during a brazen early morning robbery.

Five people boarded the bus on Ontdekkers Road on the West Rand and held up passengers on Wednesday.

They robbed them of their cell phones and cash before escaping on foot.

Lemao says they will do everything in their power to track down the suspects.

"We would like to call upon our communities to work with us, give us tips and be on the look out for these criminals, and not take the law into their hands."

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Meanwhile, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau on Wednesday announced that additional police and metro police officers would be deployed to hotspot bus intersections following the robbery.

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

Tau reacted with shock after learning about the armed robbery, but said it would be impossible to instruct drivers to search each commuter before they boarded a bus.

"Public transport is a target for crimes, and this is most unfortunate because it impacts on people's confidence in the public transport system."

"There are specific hotspots which have been identified where people are essentially affected."

He said other security measures needed to be revisited to ensure passengers were not vulnerable to criminals.

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