The long-distance bus company, Intercape, is hoping the courts will force transport authorities to protect their drivers.
The company believes that the National Transport Ministry, local government, and police should be obligated to ensure their drivers’ safety.
There have been several attacks on its buses this year.
The Makhanda High Court heard the matter on Monday, and judgement has been reserved.
The DA’s Ricardo McKenzie supports Intercape’s decision to take legal action against Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula.
“This legal dispute serves as a warning to Minister Mbalula on his department’s inaction and lack of strategy regarding the concerns raised in the long-distance transport industry. We would not be here today if Minister Mbalula acted fast and had implemented efficient strategies to deal with the crisis and economic terrorism against the transport industry.”
Meanwhile, Unathi Sintsili – who’s facing a murder and three attempted charges for attacks on drivers in the Western Cape – was released on bail last week.