Highway closed off after attack on 2 trucks: Foreigners in spotlight

Highway closed off after attack on 2 trucks: Foreigners in spotlight

- The N12 highway between Kingsway and Holfontein has been closed off to traffic, the site of a crime scene

- This comes as two trucks were set alight during the early hours of Wednesday morning

- This is just one of the many attacks that have plagued the trucking industry in recent days

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The N12 highway, between Kingsway and Holfontein, has been closed off to traffic after two trucks were set alight.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning and the stretch of highway is now a crime scene.

Commenting on this unfortunate development Ekurhuleni metro police department spokesperson Chief Supt Kobeli Mokheseng explained that traffic department officials would be helping direct traffic.

The incident saw the highway closed off to traffic. Image: Twitter/ @rsa_trucker
Source: UGC

Mokheseng also confirmed that the two trucks had been set alight and that a portion of the road had been closed off to aid police in their investigation. The highway will remain closed until further notice.

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The intelligence gathered thus far is that the trucks had been attacked before 6 am near an off-ramp.

This news comes after a national truck protest in which All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied SA and the National Truck Drivers Federation are advocating for the removal of foreign truck drivers from posts.

Protests had taken place in Durban earlier this week, with the federation calling for all trucking industry jobs to go to locals instead.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the violence against the road freight industry on Wednesday.

Ramaphosa offered his condolences to the families and colleagues of drivers who lost their lives 'through the intimidations and violence perpetrated by criminals'.

The President had offered his wishes for a speedy recovery to the drivers who had sustained physical injuries and psychological trauma during these incidents.

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The violence on owners and employees of the affected companies, as well as the economic damage of these acts, was also labelled as a concern as SA focuses on rebuilding the economy.

Ramaphosa is adamant that these instances of violence and 'lawlessness' cannot be tolerated:

“As South Africans, we cannot possibly tolerate the mindless and bloody lawlessness with which the road freight industry is being targeted. We cannot tolerate this loss of life and destruction of property.”

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Source: Briefly News

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