Mon. Dec 16th, 2019

Golden Arrow considers security after passenger dies during bus robbery

golden arrow bus robberyThe brazen robbery left one passenger dead.

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Golden Arrow has noted that it is considering the option of deploying security guards in all of its buses after the latest robbery took the life of a passenger.

As reported by EWN, three suspects boarded the bus on Luwalo Road in Khayelitsha, on Wednesday morning.

Golden Arrow passengers attacked by robbers

The unsuspecting passengers were gearing up for a busy work day ahead when the three robbers pulled out their guns and demanded cash and handbags.

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The bus driver, who is enclosed in his cockpit could do nothing to protect his passengers.

The suspects were quick in their operation and right before fleeing, one of them turned around and fired a gunshot.

It is not exactly clear, at this point, whether this was a premeditated action directed at the victim.

Nonetheless, the bullet struck one passenger, fatally wounding him.

The police have not released any information about the victim, neither have they made any strides in identifying the suspects involved in the robbery.

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Bus service considers its security options

Golden Arrow has picked up on a trend of robberies that have recently occurred on its Cape Flats routes, particularly Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha.

In a report, the bus service noted that there have already been 20 robberies committed in the last seven months.

In March, Golden Arrow issued a R50 000 reward to anyone with helpful information on the robbery that took place on a bus that was headed to Bellville, from Mitchell’s Plein.

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The trend has forced the bus service to consider upgrading its fleet with security cameras, panic buttons as well as undercover security guards.

Until then, passengers of the bus service have to gamble with their lives to get to and from work.

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