Putco denies claims it’s cancelling routes to sell to Golden Arrow

Putco says it didn’t cancel its routes in Tshwane, Ekhuruleni and Sedibeng to sell to Golden Arrow.

FIEL: As of yesterday, Putco stopped servicing selected routes in Tshwane, Ekhuruleni and Sedibeng. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Putco has denied claims that it's cancelling various routes to sell out to the Golden Arrow bus company in Cape Town.

As of yesterday, the Public Utility Transport Corporation (Putco) stopped servicing selected routes in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng.

Mamelodi, in eastern Pretoria, is one of the affected areas leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

Putco's Franco Pisapia says these routes were no longer profitable.

"The allegation into Putco wanting to sell is totally untrue. The truth is the routes we have given up are unfortunately unprofitable and have been so for approximately five years."

LISTEN: Putco: Cancelled routes not profitable

This morning, the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) said AutoPax buses in Mamelodi continued to come under attack from protesting taxi drivers, with at least four buses damaged and two others involved in an accident.

TMPD said no-one had been injured, but some roads remained blocked by stones and rubble.

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

TMPD superintendent Isaac Mahamba said, "It's a concern because whenever the buses are moving they're being targeted by stoning. So we can't say they're can move freely. Hence, we've deployed our officers to take care of this particular problem."

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