For Immediate Release
01st November 2022
SATAWU CONDEMNS THE SHOOTING OF SECURITY GUARDS AND TORCHING OF BUSUS
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union condemns the torching of Putco buses at
Nancefield depot and the shooting of security guards with the strongest terms. The union has
learned with shock that five buses that are contracted to the company were set alight by unknown
men. The union understands that the perpetrators shot several times at the security guards who
were on duty before leaving the buses burning.
This unfortunate incident is unjustifiable and should never be tolerated, and as much as the matter
is still under investigation and the union cannot say much about it, however, we wish to state that
it is very regretful that this happened just a few weeks after the employees were on strike over
wage negotiations, the commuters were badly affected and our economy, especially in the City of
Johannesburg, as billions of rands were lost during the protest. The organization is of the view
that nothing can never be resolved without having to intend to kill people.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union calls on law enforcement agencies to leave
no stone unturned with no fear or favour. This is just another barbaric act by criminals who do not
deserve to stay in our society. We also wish to plea with the community to anonymously report
anything that might lead to the arrest of the suspects at any SAPS.
We wish the security guards a speedy recovery, physically and emotionally. They are in our
thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Issued by SATAWU. Head of Communications: Amanda Tshemese, 062 945 721