"There was shooting everywhere" - Constance, passenger on Roodepoort Metrobus

A search is underway for six men who shot at commuters and a Metrobus driver in Roodepoort, in the north-west of Johannesburg. Calling into the John Robbie Show, shaken passenger Constance detailed what she witnessed during her morning commute:

I've just seen the guys come into the bus and they started shooting. They took handbags, but anyway, I'm lucky - they didn't take my handbag. They took cellphones, and then they shot the driver, they were shooting everywhere. We were so scared. I think maybe they are twenty-something, they aren't old men. I think they are professionals, the way they were. Yes, I am shaking.

Meanwhile, Metrobus Spokesperson Esther Dreyer has confirmed this isn't the first incident of this kind on this route:

A most unfortunate incident this morning. One of our Roodepoort buses which would leave Westgate Mall to to Sandton and Sunninghill was hijacked. What happened was the driver stopped to load a passenger. There were three men standing a short distance from the stop and as the passenger boarded the bus, they also jumped on and three others riding away who had fire arms on them. So there were six in total who boarded the bus and proceeded to rob the passengers of their cellphones, handbags, wallets, etcetera. The driver stood up to try and defend the passengers and he was shot. He's been taken to the Flora Clinic and one of the other passengers. The driver has been shot in the stomach, they're not sure if the passenger was just grazed or if he suffered a bullet wound. There were two other incidents, but usually at month end, and at the outer journey and we asked the attendants to accompany the last bus, but this time, it happened in the morning.

Authorities continue the search for the six men - if you have any details, please SMS Crime Line on 32211 with your anonymous tip-off. Stay updated on this developing story by following @EWNReporter


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