The value of 702 to the local community was re-emphasised yesterday. A concerned commuter called in to Xolani Gwala on Afternoon Drive, to report a Metrobus driver he suspected was driving under the influence of alcohol...
The robot was red, we were both stationary. He then went through - he didn't turn right - scraping our car and drove off, yet we were hooting for him to stop.— Mark, 702Land commuter
Mark described on air how they were able to corner the bus at the next intersection but when they approached the driver for his details, the driver allegedly tried to run them down.
You could smell him, he was smelling very strong of alcohol. We tried to phone Metro Police for the last 20 or 30 minutes, we keep phoning but no-one wants to take any information... they say we must go to the nearest police station... they are refusing to assist me.— Mark, 702Land commuter
702 immediately contacted JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent, Wayne Minnaar who sought out the street address in Turffontein where the driver was being detained by commuters, and deployed a JMPD unit to the scene.
Once they had arrived at the Booysen's Police Station, Mark was told that the SAPS could open an accident report but not charge the driver with drunk driving - as the breathalyser test would have been conducted by the Metro Police who came to the scene. Futhermore, he was advised they should have remained on the scene to be able to charge the driver.
Listen to the the original call, and the follow on below:
Some resorted to sharing their frustration at Mark's situation on twitter...
After the show, Minnaar called 702 to inform the station that the matter had been resolved and that his office would follow up on the initial call that was made, and ignored, at the JMPD call centre.
Tune in to Afternoon Drive today for the latest on this story.