The Putco Transit Company has decided to suspend its bus operations on Monday, March 20, after conducting a safety and risk assessment following the widely announced national shutdown.
The ‘red berets’ or Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have vowed to shutdown the entire country to protest against loadingshedding and calling on president Cyril Ramaphosa to resign.
In a media statement, Putco media liaison manager, Lindokuhle Xulu stated that the in-depth analysis uncovered threats of intimidation and a planned interruption of economic activities by disrupting road networks to prevent trucks and buses from operating.
“As a precautionary measure and due to safety concerns for passengers and staff, Putco will not operate on 20 March 2023. There will be reduced services on Tuesday, 21 March 2023 and full service will resume on 22 March 2023,” added Xulu.
Meanwhile the SA National Taxi Council (SANTACO) has refused to take part in the planned shutdown on Monday, saying it will be business as usual for all taxi operators countrywide.