The Mpumalanga Division of the High Court of South Africa seating in Middelburg has granted an urgent interdict against Vukanini Taxi Association (Vukta) on Wednesday, 5 February 2020 with legal costs to be paid by the respondent (Vukta).

Megabus approached the High Court for an interdict after Vukta prevented their buses from operating in some of the areas within Govan Mbeki Municipality.

The court decision was made on Tuesday, 4 February 2020 but was already late for them to be handed with signed court documents.

They only received them in the morning of Wednesday, 5 February 2020 and according to Mr Sakkie Schoonbee from Megabus, they were still waiting for their attorneys to give them further instruction and to send the copies of the court interdict to the relevant parties.

The court order prohibits Vukta from interfering or obstructing Megabus to operate within Govan Mbeki Municipality, including Kriel and Standerton.

It also prohibits Vukta from preventing passengers to use Megabus.

According to Mr Schoonbee, buses operating in Bethal and Leandra are currently running smoothly.

He however could not give the exact answer as to when they will start operating in other areas, even though their wish was to start tomorrow morning, but had to wait for their legal team to give further instruction.

Megabus thanked all their passengers for their loyal support.

Seskhona Media contacted Mr Skosana from Vukta for a comment and he referred us to Mr Fanyana Sibanyoni.

Mr Sibanyoni’s phone was just ringing unanswered.