City of Cape Town is investigating after a MyCiti bus caught fire. The incident happened at N2 around 8am on Monday 09 January near Bhunga Avenue in Langa.
The bus was carrying 60 passengers who all managed to disembark with no injuries.
According to Mayco Member for Mobility Rob Quintas, the driver was alerted by passengers that the bus was on fire. The bus was coming from Mitchel’s Plain to Civic Centre in the CBD. The City is not aware of the cause of the fire at the moment.
“We will investigate the cause of the fire with assistance from the vehicle operating company, independent assessors, insurers, and the vehicle manufacturer. Thus, more details will only be available once the assessments have been completed. More importantly, I’m extremely grateful that nobody was injured during this incident. I want to thank the passengers and the bus driver for staying calm and responsive, and I also want to express my appreciation to the SAPS and the City’s fire fighters for their prompt assistance,” said Quintas.
A passenger who spoke to Ezitshisayo said said the bus was smelling some smoke. “People at back seat screamed to the driver to driver to stop. He was calm and managed to calmly remove people from the bus. The moment people left the fire grew bigger and ate the whole bus,” she said.