23 April 2013
The IFP urges the South African Bus Employers
Association (SABEA) and South African Transport and Allied
Workers Union (Satawu) to soon come to an agreement on the bus
drivers wage strike that began on Friday, 19 April 2013 in
Gauteng and the Western Cape.
IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr. Petros
Sithole MP said, "This strike is affecting thousands of bus
commuters who are reliant on this mode of transport for their
daily commute. Merely directing commuters to trains is not a
safe alternative as it causes greater over-crowding on a transport
system that is already overtaxed. This unnecessarily places
people's lives at risk."
The IFP does not oppose a workers right to
strike but urges Satawu and SABEA to find common ground so that
public bus transport may return to normal as soon as possible.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr.
Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Ms. Boniswa Tiwe, 071 497 1252