Monday, September 09, 2019

Golden Arrow Bus Service Bolsters Security with New Unit


To ensure a safer environment for passengers on the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS). Twenty law enforcement officers of City of Cape Town will take up obligations on Monday to ensure protection on Golden Arrow buses, was made possible by the city’s expanded public works programme (EPWP).
This came after a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed by the city's law enforcement department and GABS, the bus service to fight the series of bus attacks that have happened. The MoA signed by the city would see parties working meticulously in the interest of the protection of passengers. The officials are set to complete stop and search operations, including random searches at predefined bus stops and shelters.

JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security said the officers had been working undercover on buses for the past few months and would be officially deployed on various routes this week. Smith said that they've already started seeing a decline in bus attacks as a result of this will give passengers added value and peace of mind in knowing that there will be. Bronwen Dyke-Beyer, Golden Arrow's says they were optimistic that the implementation of officers visibility on GABS would bring a difference.

The Memorandum of Agreement will be operative until February 2020 next year with the optimisms to reviewing and extending the plan. Today the officers will officially be deployed.

By: Ellouise Muller


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