Golden ArrowCape Argus reports that the Ukubavimba Foundation, a social justice and socio-economic development organisation, has lodged an official complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (Sahrc) against Golden Arrow Bus Services (Gabs).  

The complaint was lodged on Friday by a commuter and a member of the Ukubavimba Foundation, Deon Carelse, on behalf of all victims – passengers and bus drivers – who have been robbed while boarding their buses.  Carelse said he lodged the complaint to fight for the rights of the poor and marginalised people of the Cape Flats. His complaint comes after numerous robberies on the Gabs buses where commuters and drivers were robbed of their belongings, some at gunpoint.  Carelse said Gabs needed to set up more safety measures in their buses:  "This can't go on like this. It's a disgrace as passengers’ human rights have been violated."  Cosatu in the Western Cape met with Gabs management recently and will also meet with provincial police commissioner Yolisa Matakata about the Gabs matter.  The union federation’s provincial secretary Malvern de Bruyn said that they proposed that Gabs should consider implementing panic buttons, trackers and cameras in their buses.  Gabs spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said the company was extremely concerned about the robberies.  She said that while they received some support from the government, police and law enforcement, they felt it was nowhere near what it needed to address the very serious issue.

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