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LISTEN: Commuters allegedly have to pay for tolls, diesel – Rekord East

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Boitumelo Madiba, Elmarie Linde and Johanna Mabena. Photo: Supplied

Commuters of Northwest Star took to the streets of the Pretoria CBD on Monday to call for the termination of the bus service in Tshwane.
The commuters from Mabopane and Hammanskraal demonstrated outside the transport department fed up with the challenges they face on the bus service.
The commuters said Northwest Star gave them a poor service.
Caiphus Makoti, chairperson for Hammanskraal commuter’s voice, said commuters travelled in unroadworthy buses daily and a lot of accidents were caused due to this.
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“Commuters suffer in these buses, they are involved in accidents and the bus service does not compensate these passengers.”
Makoti alleged that commuters were also expected to contribute to toll gate fares and buy diesel daily from their own pockets.
“We buy tickets, how can the company expect us to contribute R5 each for toll gates and diesel, daily,” he said.
Makoti added: “All we want is a reliable transport service in Hammanskraal”.
He said Hammanskraal had grown in population and this bus service could not cater for demand.
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Northwest Star commuter from Mabopane, Boitumelo Madiba said: “These buses are in a dangerous state at the moment. They are not safe.”
Madiba said the buses often broke down which meant passengers were late for work.
She said “a lot of these buses have broken windows. We inhale a lot of dust from dusty roads or when it rains we have to cover ourselves with plastic.”
“They are often also overcrowded.”
Makhoti pleaded with the transport department to rather invest in a daily train service for commuters in various areas of Tshwane.
“Trains are cheaper and safe. A lot of unprivileged people of Hammanskraal could go and seek jobs due to their affordability.”

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Chairperson of roads and transport for Tshwane councillor Elmarie Linde said the city had been engaging with Commuter Voice for two years on alternative transportation for the commuters.
“It is a fact that the existing bus contractor does not have the ability to run an effective service.
“We saw the alarm bells ringing and we need to take action,” said Linde.
The current bus contractor was not adequate as people were losing their jobs, she added.

She said the MMC for roads and transport and her office had engaged with the former Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Dr Ismail Vadi to request him to appoint a new bus service provider.
Linde said, however, their engagement had fallen on deaf ears.
“There is now a new MEC in the province and we are now looking forward to engaging with him.”
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She said Tshwane became involved in this transport matter as the city believed in transparency and that every citizen had their own choice to use any transportation of their choice.
Northwest Star who had promised to “revert back to you” had not commented at the time of going to press.

Elmarie Linde and Lazarus Ramotshela.Commuters protesting outside the transport department in the CBD.Commuters protesting outside the transport department in the CBD.Lazarus Ramotshela,(NEC). Caiphus Makoti,Chair Hammanskraal UCV) Given Khumalo Mamelodi. (UCV, United Commuters Voice). Photo: Supplied.Boitumelo Madiba, Elmarie Linde and Johanna Mabena.Commuters protesting outside the transport department in the CBD.Commuters protesting outside the transport department in the CBD.Elmarie Linde and Lazarus Ramotshela.Commuters protesting outside the transport department in the CBD.
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