- Due to service delivery protests in the city of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), motorists are being affected by people hurling rocks and petrol bombs
- The Eastern Cape city of Gqeberha has been engulfed by violent protests in recent times and drivers are fearing for their safety
- On the other hand, social media users are lashing out at the car drivers who feel unsafe during the ongoing protests in Gqeberha
A number of motorists had to evade objects thrown at them by protesting people in the Motherwell township of Gqeberha on Wednesday. Videos emerged on social media showing drivers trying to dodge what looks like rocks and a petrol bombs during service delivery protests on the R335.
A Facebook post shared by SA Long-Distance Truckers has surfaced depicting an ugly scene where the driver escaped without harm.
Media reports suggest that another truck went up in flames and two buses from the Algoa Bus Company were burned along the M17 en route to KwaZakhele on Tuesday morning.
Prior to that incident, a tanker truck was also set alight on the corner of the M17 and R335 on the way to Addo in the Eastern Cape.
According to The South African, Algoa Bus CEO Sicelo Duze confirmed that six of their vehicles have been torched during the ongoing service delivery protests since the beginning of 2021.
“To replace all six buses will cost the company R8 million. Our buses are insured, but the book value of one alone is R600 000 and it will take R1.2 million to replace it.
“People are asking for houses and water and I understand people’s frustration with government. But they are fighting for lack of service and then burning the companies providing those services.”
@Nomzamo Kula said:
“Where’s the police in all this? Where are the rubber bullets they use on students? Their water cannons and stun grenades? These are the people that deserve them.”
@Noxolo Mzongwana said:
“This is out of hands now. The army must go to those shacks and search there.”
@Viwe Kula said:
“This is not a service delivery protest. It's criminals on the rampage.”
@Gwyn Guscott lamented the scenario:
“This is beyond ridiculous. Something needs to be done about the current situation. Most of us need to use these roads to do our daily jobs.”
@Lindy Van Der Linde joined as well:
“Our country is in serious crisis. And we all just stand by and look. The politicians are so busy trying to make black and white people hate each other because they couldn't possibly handle it if all the people of this country actually stood together.”
@Liezel Steenkamp said:
“This is more than so-called job protesting. This is political. Why such an increase in this type of action since the ANC lost the municipality seat. The government, being the ANC, will not step in to protect.”
In other news, Briefly News reported that a harrowing clip of a truck driver coming face-to-face with two armed hijackers has been shared on Facebook page SA Long-Distance Truckers.
In the clip, which was captured by a dashcam, the two men can be seen approaching the driver with their guns drawn.
The quick-thinking driver springs into action and starts reversing the truck, which causes the two hijackers to start running after him. Unfortunately for them, the driver makes a quick U-turn and gets himself to safety.
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