Truck drivers strike: Opposition parties express differing views

Truck drivers strike: Opposition parties express differing views

- Truck drivers have threatened a national shutdown, protesting the high employment rate of foreigners

- Opposition parties have expressed divergent views on the protest and the situation is escalating

- While the EFF has condemned the protest, calling it "misguided", the ATM has expressed its support for the truck drivers

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Truck drivers have threatened to shut down the country. They are protesting against the employment of foreign nationals in most sectors of the economy for lower wages.

Despite a court interdict warning against a national protest, truck drivers have persisted in getting their point across.

The Gauteng High Court has issued an interdict against truck drivers, holding a mass protest on Tuesday, 7 July. Despite the interdict, there have been some instances of a revolt.

Opposition parties have presented different views on the truck drivers' strike.

The EFF has called the strike a "misguided and misdiagnosis of the problem of unemployment facing the country".

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The EFF said it condemns any violent attacks on truck drivers who come from various parts of the African continent.

The opposition party said it is misguided to blame fellow Africans for unemployment levels in South Africa.

Truck drivers want the government to intervene as they protest against the employment of foreign nationals in most sectors of the economy, said eNCA.

All Truck Drivers Forum spokesperson Michael Masimini said employers are contravening the Employment Services and Immigrant Act while thousands of South Africans have no work.

He said:

"This is not only the ATDF strike - this is national. We are engaging in this peaceful strike as we try to draw attention from our government."

Meanwhile, the African Transformation Movement has expressed its support for the truck drivers.

ATM said:

"All African countries must prioritise their own citizens in their own countries so there there is no incentive for citizens to even consider voluntary migration into other countries."

ATDF is advocating for 100% of employment of locals, said The South African.

ATDF has been campaigning against the employment of foreign nationals, claiming that there are enough unemployed drivers to take over the jobs being performed by immigrant drivers.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba recently participated in an online debate where he defended South Africans.

The former mayor weighed in on a debate on whether South Africans are "lazy". A #SouthAfricansAreNotLazy hashtag went viral after truck drivers threatened a national lockdown accusing truck companies of hiring foreigners over locals.

This prompted a debate over whether or not it was worth it to hire South Africans, with some raising the opinion that Mzansi workers tend to drag their feet when it comes to getting the job done.

Mashaba was adamant that South Africans aren't lazy and need a lot of opportunities

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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