2 Trucks torched in Western Cape as truck drivers' strike continues

2 Trucks torched in Western Cape as truck drivers' strike continues

- The truck drivers' strike that began on Tuesday has continued to the Wednesday as drivers refuse to back down

- Truck drivers are accusing trucking companies of hiring foreign nationals over South Africans

- Two trucks were set on fire on the N1 in Paarl on Wednesday, the Western Cape Traffic Department confirmed

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On Tuesday, truck drivers embarked on a national strike despite a court interdict preventing them from doing so.

The truck drivers are protesting the large number of foreigners being employed while South Africans are sitting at home without jobs.

Truck drivers are angry and are waiting for Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi to say something "positive so they can stop their protest".

This is the message from the Gauteng Secretary of the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF), Mandla Mngomezulu.

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Two trucks have been torched on the N1 in Paarl on Wednesday, the Western Cape Traffic Department confirmed.

News24 reported that the incident occurred between Klapmuts and Joostenbergvlakte, in the early hours on Wednesday. According to Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa, the incident happened at around 1:15am.

Africa said the road was currently closed to traffic. Trucks have also been torched in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

Law enforcement agencies are monitoring national highways with a keen eye on Wednesday after truck drivers blocked the N1 in Cape Town, as well as the N7 before some of the vehicles were towed and impounded by authorities, said The South African.

Minister of Labour Thulas Nxesi

Minister of Labour Thulas Nxesi
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Briefly.co.za reported that opposition parties have been divided on the truck drivers' strike, with the EFF condemning it but ATM supporting it.

Mngomezulu said:

"The violence must stop and maybe the minister can say something that's positive. We asked drivers yesterday [Tuesday] to stay at home. We are saying they should stay away and sit at home."

eNCA reported that hundreds of truck drivers took to the streets in City Deep, Johannesburg on Tuesday to vent their anger. They accused truck companies of hiring foreign nationals over South Africans

Nxesi has met with affected parties to try to resolve the matter and said a task team has been appointed to look into the matter.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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