COMMUNITY INFURIATED BY MUNICIPALITY BUSES
By: Manqoba Hadebe
Umlazi community is infuriated by the municipality buses unavailability and timing for the past three weeks.
According to residents, this is something that is re-occurring.
According to Joyce Mlambo, a passenger, this is not the first time the community has complained about the buses. This happened last year when there was allegedly no diesel for
“We had hoped that after last year we were going to get better service from the buses, but things are still the same,” said Mlambo.
She said that she has been using the Municipality buses for the past four years now, to and from work, and this problem started a year ago, and she thinks it the younger drivers that take
Another passenger Andile Mbatha said, “I was given a warning at work last month because of being late, for the past few weeks the 6:00am bus was not available and they didn’t warn
us, so I had to use the 7:00am bus which got me an hour late at work.”
However, bus drivers believe that the buses are not always late it is the passengers that make them late.
“If we had already passed a bus stop and one of the passengers want to get in, we do allow them although we don’t have to. So they cannot say we late because some of something
caused by other passengers and mostly the traffic,” said Lungelo Madlala one of the bus drivers.
“The African National Congress Women’s League has agreed to help with addressing this issue to the municipality by organising a community meetin,” said Lillian Zuma member of
the ANC WL. “The ANC WL had to intervene in this matter because we feel like the community needs are not met by the Municipality and the bus drivers.”
Hlengiwe Mzolo, member of the ANC WL said, “As the ANC WL we are for the people, we want to use the power we have and as organisation and stand for the community in solving
Zuma added that the ANC WL have arranged the meeting with the municipality and the bus drivers and they are determined to come back with a better solution.
The municipality was not available to comment on this issue until the meeting.