Intercape bosses expect Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to include its Western Cape division in plans to protect long-distance busses.

Last week, the Eastern Cape High Court ordered Mbalula and the MEC for Transport in the Eastern Cape, Xolile Nqatha, to take steps to provide safety for busses.

Intercape approached the court for urgent intervention following a spate of attacks on its drivers in both the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

The CEO of the Intercape bus company, Johann Ferreira, says the violence affects all provinces.

“Whatever measures will put in place in the Eastern Cape, the same measures will be put in place in the Western Cape, because of the fact Mbalula’s responsibility is for South Africa, not just a province”.

Ferreira believes Mbalula has failed to perform his duties.

“National Transport Minister has neglected statutory and constitutional duties, and those are harsh words. If you don’t seriously take the safety of the South African travelling public, which your Ministry is responsible for, then you shouldn’t be in the position”.