Reacting to an incident where a Great North Transport (GNT) bus lost its roof on Monday afternoon, putting the lives of commuters in grave danger, Limpopo Transport and Community Safety Spokesperson, Mike Maringa, told Giyani View that GNT buses are under Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA), and not for the Department.
The shocking incident left commuters stranded and in bewilderment. In a video clip making rounds on social media, GNT bus travelling from Giyani College towards Thomo village had its roof blown off by heavy winds at Risinga View in Giyani. This unusual occurrence left commuters in shock and worried about the bus road worthiness.
“Roadworthy tests are done at the testing stations. We impound any vehicle found not to be roadworthy on the road. Two GNT buses were impounded for similar reasons in Waterberg last week,” said Maringa.
Meanwhile, two people died on the scene in August 2020 when a GNT bus they were travelling in was involved an accident between Makoxa and Thomo villages, leaving dozen of commuters injured.
Tinyiko Baloyi who is one of GNT regular customers, told Giyani View that the buses are nothing but a moving coffin. “None of the buses are in good condition. When it rains, the buses leaks. Limpopo government should start taking us serious. We were told that all these buses will be replaced in this financial year,” she fumed.
Seven months ago, Limpopo Premier, Stanley Mathabatha officiated at the handover of 13 new GNT buses to operators at the Limpopo LEDA offices. Mathabatha said that they were expecting 62 more buses to arrive in the weeks to come.
LEDA weren’t reachable for a comment at the time of going to press.