- A video of a truck being robbed by protesters of its valuable cargo has surfaced in the area of Gqeberha
- Angry protesters are seen blocking the road before taking the driver out of the truck to help themselves to the load
- Briefly News looks at the reactions from Mzansi social media users as many have condemned the incident
Following ongoing protests in the Gqeberha area in the Eastern Cape, various truck drivers have been robbed of their cargoes. In the latest video circulating on social media, a truck carrying goods is seen being stopped by angry protesters who later help themselves to the cargo.
While many social media users are asking why the truck driver stopped the vehicle in the first place, some have lamented the criminality. Posted by SA Long Distance Truckers on Tuesday, the Facebook page said the incident happened in the Eastern Cape province.
Various media reports surfaced earlier this week that thousands of commuters in Gqeberha were left stranded on Tuesday morning when taxi drivers from the Uncedo Taxi Association and Port Elizabeth District Taxi Association (PEDTA) protested, bringing part of the city to a standstill.
The drivers are demanding answers about their Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) funds.
“Earlier today in Port Elizabeth. Hope driver was not harmed... If only he could just carry on driving.”
Looking at the comments, many are concerned about the scourge of robberies community members disguise as service delivery protests.
“Why did he stop such a big vehicle... keep driving.”
@Mercia Fani said:
“It's time companies keep their ears in the ground. Inform truckers about service delivery protests to avoid areas. Truckers listen to radio stations to get information of such situations.”
@Robert Xulu said:
"Those who blame the driver for stopping do not understand, if you look ahead the road is blocked with taxis, he couldn't pass there anyway.”
@Innocent Chiyangwa said:
“The country has gone to the extreme... it's disgusting.”
@Abdool Randeree said:
“He thought those wearing reflector jackets were officials.”
@Andrew Maparura said:
“Taxi drivers rule South Africa and Fikile Mbalula can't say a word.”
@Mauritz Rheeder said
“Just don't deliver in these areas any more. Let them drive or walk far.”
@Mawande Bera said:
“Yooo this truck transports fencing usually from Durban to Eastern Cape, Mthatha, PE…”
Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that a dramatic video of an attempted cash-in-transit heist had recently surfaced online.
The video almost seemed like it is part of an action movie. The driver and his partner were attacked by an unknown number of people and fired upon. The bullet impacts were visible on the bulletproof glass.
“Yooo this truck transports fenc usually from Durban to Eastern Cape, Mthatha, PE…”d fired at again with the passenger window being hit w bullets.
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