A bus driver was shot in front of students on Monday morning while travelling to a shool in Benoni.
The Dapartment of Education spokeman, Steve Mabona has said that the bus driver was transporting students from the Msholozi settlement to various different schools.
When the bus driver got to his last stop located outside Etwatwa Secondary school, an unknown man allegedly approached the bus and fired multiple shots. “One of the shots hit the bus driver over his right eye. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, ” said Mabona
Mabona has added that the motive of the shooting could be related to taxi owners angry that a bus service has been offered by the department to transport children to school in the area.
If the department have implemented a bus service to school children, the taxi drivers in the are could have seen a massive drop in revenue which could cause upset towards the service, these claims have not yet been confirmed.
At this stage no information has been released suggesting that Police have now opened an attempted murder case.
The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has expressed her displeasure of the incident “In February 2020, we started providing school transportation as part of the department’s goals of assisting learners from previously disadvantaged areas. We held stakeholder meetings to discuss the process thoroughly. We call on all stakeholders to allow school transport to run smoothly. It is important to note that violent behavior will not produce any positive results. “