A memorial service for Machana was held on Tuesday at the company’s depot in Airport Industria in Cape Town. The driver leaves behind a wife and two daughters, aged 3 and 6.
In a statement on Saturday, Intercape said the latest incident prompted renewed calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ministers of police and transport, Bheki Cele and Fikile Mbalula, to respond to the crisis engulfing the long-distance coach industry.
“There has not been a single word uttered by President Cyril Ramaphosa despite us having written to him pleading for urgent intervention, or the minister of police or minister of transport about the ongoing attacks and intimidation directed at Intercape and the long-distance coach industry.”
Ferreira said over the last 13 months Intercape had recorded more than 150 violent incidents, many of them leading to injury, aimed at its staff and vehicles.