George Executive Mayor, Alderman Leon van Wyk, accompanied by James Robb, Acting Public Transport Oversight Official of the Municipality, paid a visit to the two patients still hospitalised after Wednesday’s petrol bomb attack on a GO GEORGE bus in Pacaltsdorp.
During the visit at the George Hospital on Friday afternoon, they also had the opportunity to speak to some family members of the victims, who were most appreciative of the courtesy and interest shown. The Mayor expressed the Municipality’s compassion and the commitment of the GO GEORGE team to stay in constant contact with the families.
“It is apparent that the patients who we visited are still traumatised and suffering from shock following this senseless criminal attack on innocent passengers going about their daily business of using the Go George bus service to commute to work,” he said.
Shortly after the visit, the female patient was transported by air ambulance to a Cape Town hospital to receive treatment at a specialist burn unit.
Call for affected persons to come forward
Robb reiterated the call for persons affected in any way by the incident to phone the GO GEORGE Call Centre on 0800 044 044 and leave their names and contact details.
“The crisis team will make contact with such persons, whether they had been injured, suffered from shock or witnessed the incident, and arrange for counselling where needed,” he said.
Several organisations and individuals have already reached out to offer support. Robb invites organisations or members of the community who would also like to express their solidarity and care in some way, to phone the Call Centre or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that all the kind efforts can be coordinated to make a real difference where needed.