MyCiTi bus drivers released on bail

The strikers were arrested on Tuesday for defying a court order

Photo of protesters

MyCiTi workers protest outside the Civic Centre during an unprotected strike that started last week. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

By Tariro Washinyira

24 October 2018

Five arrested striking MyCiTi bus drivers were charged with public violence and released on R1,000 bail each on Wednesday at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.

Patrick Mabindisa, Luzuko Memani, Simthembile Stephens, Tembela Mahlatshana and Baxolele Mtengi appeared before magistrate M.A.F Mafanga. She postponed the matter to 9 November for further investigation.

They were arrested on Tuesday for defying a court order.

Their lawyer pleaded with the court to reduce the bail amount to R500 stating that they could not afford it. “All of them are dependent on their spouses,” she said.

Magistrate Mafanga said R1,000 was reasonable considering that the bail had been initially set at R2,000 by the court.

A large group of MyCiTi strikers gathered outside the Civic Centre, while another group attended the court hearing.