City of Johannesburg to fork out R3m to replace torched Rea Vaya bus

A police vehicle and Wits bus were also set alight on Tuesday during protests near Wits.

A bus burnt in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on 25 October 2016. Picture: Clement Manyathela /EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says the municipality will have to cough up more than R3 million towards replacing a Rea Vaya bus destroyed in an arson attack in Braamfontein.

A police vehicle and Wits bus were also set alight on Tuesday, allegedly by a group of protesters near the Wits University precinct.

Police have since opened a case of arson but no arrests have been made.

Mayoral spokesperson Tony Taverna-Turisan says: "One of the burnt vehicles was a Rea Vaya bus that is the public transport within the city of Johannesburg. It's estimated this bus will cost R3,3 million to replace and that is public money that should be going towards service delivery and infrastructure development for where it's most needed."