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Attack on Autopax buses was an ‘act of hooliganism’

Earlier at least four buses were stoned, allegedly by taxi drivers, and others couldn’t drive in Mamelodi.

FILE: Commuters are stranded in Mamelodi as taxi drivers won’t allow Autopax buses to operate in the area on 1 July 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Tshwane has described this morning's attacks on AutoPax buses in Mamelodi as 'acts of hooliganism that borders on anarchy'.

The city met with the transport department and taxi drivers yesterday but failed to broker a deal to end the protests sparked by the Public Utility Transport Corporation (Putco)'s decision to cancel its service there.

This morning at least four busses were stoned, allegedly by taxi drivers, and others couldn't drive through the township due to roads being blocked with rubble.

WATCH: Mamelodi bus commuters left stranded

The city spokesperson Selby Bokaba said, "We heard this morning that there were buses that were prevented from leaving the depot. Some of the buses were stoned; we can't allow this kind of hooliganism. It goes against the spirit of the discussions we had yesterday."

He also says the attempt by taxi drivers to take control of the routes reflects a sense of entitlement.

"Some people have this sense of entitlement; inherent entitlement. No one has a right to operate a route. Remember those routes were operated by Putco, Mamelodi associations cannot come and say only they have the right to operate these routes; there's a process to be followed."

LISTEN: Putco: Cancelled routes not profitable

The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) earlier said no-one has been injured, but some roads were blocked by stones and rubble.

The Mamelodi Taxi Association (MTA) said a disagreement about the tender to operate Putco's old routes has left many drivers unhappy and they are unable to prevent them from protesting.

The MTA said it's up to its members to decide if they will allow AutoPax buses to operate in Tshwane as discussions about who will control the old Putco routes are still underway.