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SA Roadlink remains defiant.
"We will be operating as normal over the weekend," was the word from the bus company's management yesterday, following Wednesday's announcement by KwaZulu-Natal department of transport that Roadlink coaches will be barred from the province as of midnight today.
Company chairman Allan Reddy said the withdrawal of the company's operating licence by MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Bheki Cele was unconstitutional.
"The MEC does not have the authority to suspend our permits," Reddy said. "We have not received anything formal from his office. We are meeting him tomorrow to clear up this matter."
Reddy said his company had appointed forensic experts to independently investigate the cause of the accident that left 11 people dead and 18 injured on the N2 freeway near Hibberdene on the South Coast on Monday.
He denied reports that Cele's office had served his company with a letter suspending their operations.
"We have not received formal notification about that," he said. "Our legal team contacted the office of the MEC and we have not received a response.
"We contacted the office of the MEC last night but we could not get hold of the lady who was said to have sent the letter.
Roadlink spokesman Sam Fidelis said: "We contacted them again this afternoon (yesterday) but were told that the lady who sent the letter had gone out."
Reddy said he would defy Cele's letter and went on to assure customers that there would be buses from Johannesburg to Durban on Friday and beyond.
He said the MEC's intention to suspend their permits was unconstitutional.
Reddy said the company would meet with Cele today to discuss the suspension of its operating licence. He said the company would then be able to plot a way forward.
Reddy said SA Roadlink's buses were regularly serviced and their drivers exposed to regular training.
"We do not operate killing machines as some media claim. Our coaches are SABS approved," Reddy said.