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City to City, Translux buses impounded in Mangaung

Most of the passengers making their way home for the Christmas weekend are still stranded.

FILE: Still with passengers aboard, the buses were diverted to the Bloemfontein licensing department for further examination. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Bloemfontein traffic officials say at least eight City to City buses and two Translux buses have been impounded at a testing station in Mangaung.

It's understood the vehicles were stopped at a roadblock early this morning where it was discovered that they were operating without the proper documentation.

Still with passengers aboard, the buses were diverted to the Bloemfontein licensing department for further examination.

The Translux buses were later released after they were found to be in a roadworthy condition and head office sent the required documents.

The police's Hilarry Mophethe says they are still waiting for word from City to City management.

"It's our duty at the transport regulator in the province to ensure that vehicles that are travelling on our roads are roadworthy and have correct documentation. So anything that we find that is not compliant to the regulations impoundment will definitely happen."

Meanwhile, a number of passengers who were making their way home for the Christmas weekend have had to call their loved ones to pick them up however many others are still stranded..

Phiwo Mlotshwa says her mother was in a City to City bus travelling from Johannesburg to Butterworth in the Eastern Cape.

"The message she sent was around 1am saying they are stranded in Bloemfontein. We are sitting and waiting for her and she is definitely going to miss the Christmas lunch."

While City to City officials say they are aware of the problem, the bus company's acting CEO Bongani Khupe has been unavailable for official comment.

City to City, a Transnet subsidiary, doesn't respect its customers. Passengers stranded in Bloemfontein as about 8 busses impounded.

My sister left Joburg for EC last night with City to City, she says their bus held up in Bloemfontein as it had no permit.