Sipho Mabena
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24 Jun 2021
5:05 pm

Mpumalanga premier accused of using bus deaths to boost ANC popularity

Sipho Mabena

Mpumalanga's Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane lead a blitz at Moloto terminus that saw at least 15 Putco buses impounded for expired operating permits.

Maria Mahlangu survived a bus accident on the Moloto road in which six passengers burnt to death on 26 May 2021 near Tweefontein, Mpumalanga. Picture: Jacques Nelles

A war of words has erupted between bus company Putco and the Mpumalanga government, with Putco suggesting Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane was targeting the company to boost her popularity ahead of the ANC’s provincial elective conference. The premier was quoted as saying Putco had little or no regard for people lives, used buses that were unfit for the road and should be removed from the Mpumalanga-Tshwane transit corridor. On Thursday morning Mtsweni-Tsipane led a blitz at the company’s Moloto terminus that saw at least 15 Putco buses impounded for expired operating permits. Mohita Latchminarain, who was recently appointed MEC for public...