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UCT suspends shuttle service to Claremont

by Staff Reporter
on 03 Sep 2007
The Claremont Website
The Claremont Website

The University of Cape Town has suspended its staff and student shuttle service to the Claremont route after one of its female drivers was threatened at gunpoint in the area. This incident comes after protests by taxi associations.

UCT Vice Chancellor, Njabulo Ndebele, said that on Wednesday (29 August 2007), a minibus taxi positioned itself next to one of the Jammie Shuttles in Main Road, Claremont while one of the occupants produced a firearm. The occupant threatened the female driver of the shuttle who was then forced to run across a red light in order to escape. None of the students or staff travelling in the shuttle were hurt in the incident.

Prior to the incident, UCT offered the shuttle service to assist staff members and students by offering transport to and from the Upper Campus. Taxi associations have claimed that the service is operating illegally and is taking away their business - a claim which the University has denied. It is also not the first time that shuttles travelling along this route were suspended due to threats.

The incident has been reported to the police and the University has called on Taxi Associations to condemn this act and assist the SAPS in capturing the culprit.


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