Trucking sector warns SA over attacks: 1400 incidents, R1.3b lost

Trucking sector warns SA over attacks: 1400 incidents, R1.3b lost

- The trucking industry has lost over R1.3 billion to looting and burning this year

- The attacks on the sector have seen over 1 400 trucks either damaged or ransacked since the beginning of 2019

- The industry warns that the continued mayhem will have a massive impact on jobs

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The truck industry is suffering as looting and devastation continue to plague role players.

IOL reports that over R1.3 billion has been lost so far and 1 400 trucks were either targeted by looting or burning.

SA Long-Distance Truckers Association spokesperson Doreen van Rooyen commented on the situation:

“This not only has a financial impact on the industry but also leads to job losses. The safety of our truckers within South Africa is a huge concern to the directors and members of the SA Long-Distance Truckers Association (Salta)."

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Van Rooyen highlighted the following hot spots in the Western Cape province:

  • De Doorns
  • Beaufort West
  • Somerset West
  • Grabouw
  • Touws River
  • Leeuw Gamka
  • Rawsonville
  • Swellendam

The province's MEC for Transport, Bonginkosi Madikizela, condemned the criminal attacks:

“These acts of criminality cannot be tolerated. Our law enforcement agencies must ensure strong action is taken against perpetrators. Anyone responsible for these actions must be brought to book and prosecuted. Last month, I met with the trucking industry and our provincial traffic service has arranged for intensified integrated operations to respond to hot-spot areas."

Van Rooyen said that in addition to long hours on the road, truck drivers now faced challenges such as theft while stopping at traffic lights of making deliveries, gathered.

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