Spotlight on Putco's operations after horror crash
THE safety of Putco's operations is a source of worry, Gauteng's roads and transport portfolio committee in th legislature said.
It expressed shock at a bus crash that claimed 19 lives near Meyerton in the Vaal Triangle, on Monday.
"We are concerned for the commuters using these buses. I can confirm that Putco are on our agenda. The operations at Putco have been on our agenda for a while now," acting chairwoman Refilwe Mogale said.
On Monday morning, a Putco bus driver lost control of his vehicle and it crashed through the railing of a bridge before plunging 10-metres to the ground, landing on its side. Fifty-five people were injured, three of them critically. The bus driver was among those killed.
Mogale, members of political parties and other concerned parties intended visiting the crash scene, the injured and the families of those who died.
"We will start at the accident scene where we will get an accident report. This report is very important for when we look into Putco and their operations," Mogale said.
"We will then go to the various hospitals to provide support to the victims. We are in the process of making arrangements to visit the families of the deceased."
Gauteng safety and security spokesman Thapelo Moiloa said department MEC Faith Mazibuko would visit the injured during the week.
"Right now we are still trying to link up with the hospital in order to arrange the visit," Moiloa said.
Transport Minister Ben Martins has urged the authorities to investigate all possible reasons for the accident.
"No effort should be spared in determining the cause of this horrific incident," he said after visiting the scene on Monday.
"Road traffic management authorities must leave no stone unturned in their probe."
Martins urged Putco to work with the authorities to expedite the investigation into the cause of the crash.
On Monday, Putco spokesman Raphiri Matsaneng said the bus which crashed passed a roadworthy test on June 14.