Explainer: Ongoing truck protests may result in food shortages

Explainer: Ongoing truck protests may result in food shortages

- According to industry experts, the ongoing truck attacks in South Africa could possibly result in a food shortage during the festive season

- Lorries have been burnt, looted and stolen, this could mean that it would be too dangerous to send drivers out to deliver goods

- If it is too risky to deliver goods, companies will not send their drivers out and this could negatively affect Mzansi's economy

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The truck attacks and protests that have been currently taking place in South Africa could have serious consequences for supermarkets. As it is, many supermarkets struggle to keep their shelves fully stocked during the festive season.

Industry experts believe that some cargo owners might pause sending goods around the country and as a result, this could cause small-scale food shortages.

Two lorries have been burnt on the N12. A number of trucks have been burnt, stolen and looted during the course of these attacks. One person was found dead following an attack this week.

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Explainer: Ongoing truck protests may result in food shortages
The ongoing truck protests in South Africa may result in a food shortage during the festive season. Source: @Metricsafrica / Twitter
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Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly told Jacaranda FM that with the delivery industry being in a compromising position, moving essential items such as food becomes more difficult. He said that they would not send drivers out if it was going to be a risk.

“That could bring a shortage of availability of road transport in December. You will have other companies that will decide that they are not going to expose their employees to any sort of risk and having their employees burnt," said Kelly.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out about the attacks and has condemned them, saying that action will be taken. Chris Hunsinger, who is part of the Democratic Alliance (DA) has said that if this continues it would affect the economy negatively.

“With the rails in such disrepair, many South African businesses rely on trucks to deliver goods and produce and would not survive without this vital service. Without truck drivers, our economy would be in even deeper trouble," said Hunsinger.

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Related to the truck attacks, Briefly.co.za reported that a highway was closed off after an attack on 2 trucks. 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.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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