statement, labelled social media reports and photographs that “thousands of public transport vehicles” were using the road, as fake news.
Four drivers were arrested and four fines issued for illegally crossing provincial borders at the weekend. Of the total vehicles that passed through the route, 420 were public transport vehicles.
Binqose, however, said the situation was far worse than what was depicted in the videos and pictures.
‘The situation was bad’
“The authenticity of those videos may well be questioned, but I can assure you they do not tell half the story of what we saw when we got there. The situation was far worse than depicted.
“They [social media claims] may as well be fake news, but take it from me, the situation [at Aberdeen station] was bad,” said Binqose.
Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwa was so perturbed by the sight of the taxis that she cut short a meeting with Police Minister Bheki Cele to attend to the matter at the weekend.