Operators who spoke to this paper said they were forced to carry partyÃ¢â‚¬Â¨supporters for free.
“I was just told to carry party supporters to the stadium withoutÃ¢â‚¬Â¨getting fuel or payment. We are struggling to make ends meet, but these people rip us off,” said oneÃ¢â‚¬Â¨driver who declined to be named.
Operators who took their vehicles off the road were blacklisted andÃ¢â‚¬Â¨told that their permits would be withdrawn.
The drivers were at the mercy of drunken Zanu (PF) party youths who demanded to be transported free of charge. Even South African-owned buses such as Massmerry were hijacked andÃ¢â‚¬Â¨forced to ferry people from high density surburbs to the stadium.
The staff said they were just taking orders from the Zanu (PF) officials.Post published in: News