NUMSA shared a video of a Golden Arrows bus continuing with operations and disregarding the national lockdown regulations, further calling for the company to be charged with attempted murder.
On Monday, 30 March 2020, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) shared a video of one of Cape Town’s bus services, Golden Arrows’ continued operations, after allegedly falsely declaring itself as an essential service. In the video, the bus can be seen stopping to take in more commuters, despite already being full. NUMSA has called for the bus service to be charged with attempted murder, reaching out to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula in its plea.
The union stated that the move to arrest the people responsible for the negligence is not one that is unprecedented, and alleged that two of the company’s bus drivers have already been arrested for a similar offence. In a recent interview with NUMSA spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, she alleged that Golden Arrows misrepresented itself to the Western Cape government in order to be deemed an essential service provider.
Hlubi-Majola went on to allege that the company, while it has asked some of its staff members to be available to take on additional shifts, has also served other workers with lay-off notices and others have been asked to take unpaid leave for the duration of the national lockdown.
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Dear minister @MbalulaFikile we believe that Golden Arrows must be charged with attempted murder because of this practice. This was recorded yesterday. Last Friday two bus drivers were arrested because of this.#Covid19inSA #LockdownSA @IrvinJimSA @SAFTU_media@SAfmnews pic.twitter.com/xBzJZmbZxJ
— NUMSA (@Numsa_Media) March 30, 2020