“We are shocked and saddened by the death of our comrade,” said ANC Western Cape provincial secretary.
The African National Congress in the Western Cape on Wednesday extended its condolences to the family of member Andiswa Ndevu, who died in a multiple motor vehicle accident during a violent protest at the corner of Lansdowne and Symphony Way in Cape Town on Tuesday night.
According to the provincial ANC, Ndevu was trying to escape violent protests at the corner of Lansdowne and Symphony Way, an intersection that links Crossroads, Delft and Luzuko, when a car in front of her was stoned, and as she attempted to make a u-turn, another vehicle drove into hers. She died at the scene.
Ndevu was a single parent and member of the ANC in Ward 42 Gugulethu, as well as of the ANC Women’s and Youth Leagues.
“We are shocked and saddened by the death of our comrade,” said ANC Western Cape provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs. “We express our condolences with her family and call on our communities to refrain from taking their frustrations and anger out on motorists. There are other more peaceful ways to protest.”
It was unclear what had caused the protest. However, SA police members have been deployed to police the protest action and that the damage caused to vehicles, and cases of public violence, have been registered, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said.
On Tuesday night, Golden Arrow bus was set alight during a protest on the N2 highway between R300 and Borchard’s Quarry. The road was closed in both directions.
On Wednesday morning, protestors burnt tyres at the corner of Govan Mbeki Road and Symphony Way in Phillipi and the N2 before R300 outbound. N2 was closed both directions between R300 and Duinefontein.
Golden Arrow Bus Services spokesperson, Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said the company was “extremely upset” and concerned that another bus was set alight on the N2.
“This is the second bus that was completely gutted this week. There were no passengers aboard the bus last night. In the last twelve months, ten buses have been lost to an arson attack and the replacement cost for a bus is approximately R2.4 million,” she said.
“We are, however, more concerned that this type of callous criminal behaviour could result in serious injuries and jeopardises people’s ability to get to work and home to their families in the evenings. Public transport is an absolutely essential service and we are appealing to the authorities to provide us with the assistance necessary to provide these services unhindered. Anyone with any information is urged to come forward.”
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