The IFP has called for the army to be deployed to deal with truck attacks in KwaZulu-Natal, believing that the 'terrorists' should not be allowed to continue. The party feels that the sabotage is holding the economy ransom.
The Inkatha Freedom Party has called for the urgent deployment of the SA National Defence Force to high-risk spots on the N3 highway.
This follows several trucks being petrol-bombed in the province, with three set alight yesterday on the N2.
Positive Freight Solutions forum, representing almost 3 000 truck owners, says that more than 60 trucks have been burnt over the last month alone.
These attacks are rumoured to be linked to the high number of foreign nationals employed in the place of local drivers. This is an issue the local trucking industry has been raising for some time now.
Steven Moodley, IFP spokesperson, says it is high time for the government to view the torching of trucks as a crisis, calling on them to step in by calling in the army:
“There is no possible justification for this gratuitous destruction of property and the government must act decisively and deal with those involved. We cannot simply sit back and be spectators while the economy of our province is at risk."
Moodley berated numerous government officials, including former minister of transport, Blade Nzimande, and the KZN MEC for Transport, Mxolisi Kaunda, for failing to deal with the grievances of truck drivers:
“We strongly urge the newly-elected government officials not to continue the culture of knee-jerk reactions when it comes to providing urgent solutions.”
Meanwhile, numerous ministers, labour leaders and owner representatives met in Durban yesterday to address the increase in attacks.
The Citizen reported that this included Sihle Zikalala (KZN Premier), Police Minister Bheki Cele, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi and even National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole.
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