In an unheard of incident, 49 passengers were assaulted and robbed by 9 armed assailants over the weekend. The gunmen had forced their way on board during a routine stop at an N12 Ultra City.
Unsuspecting passengers on a Greyhound bus in Witbank got more than what they bargained for when 9 armed men forced their way on board.
According to Gavin Gates, a representative of the South African Community Crime Watch, himself and other members had arrived at the Witbank police station where the bus had stopped after the incident.
According to IOL, the bus had stopped at the N12 Ultra City for passengers to do a routine rest stop. Just as the bus was about to leave the 9 armed assailants invaded the bus.
Gates detailed what happened next:
“From what I gathered, the bus driver was forced to continue driving and the armed men were looking for a specific passenger who had money on him. When they did not find the person, they instead ended up demanding the passengers’ valuables.”
After the gunmen were satisfied with their loot, they had fled. The driver had travelled to the nearest police station to report the situation and get help for his passengers.
According to the SACCW representative, this was the first incident of this kind:
“This is the first incident of this nature and fortunately no passengers were hospitalised. Most had head injuries because they were pushed and shoved down the bus and also hit with pistols on their heads.”
The South African Police Service as well as Greyhound have yet to comment on this matter.
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