Truck owners to prioritize hiring locals
Over the past few weeks, the freight industry has seen a surge in truck attacks long the N2, N3 and N11 in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Truck owners met with the KZN government to discuss a way forward following the attacks and protests, and a commitment was made by owners to prioritize hiring South African drivers in a bid to quell the attacks on trucks.
KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala, said the government has reached agreements with various stakeholders in the transport and freight industry where 400 jobs will be created and South African drivers will be prioritized.
According to Zikalala, an intensive operation will soon take place along the N2, N3 and N11 in KZN- where all truck drivers will be expected to provide valid permits issued by the department of home affairs.
“The engagements follow recent disturbances on our major national highways, where trucks were torched and drivers attacked in a long-standing dispute over the employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry. We reached important commitments which we believe that if they are implemented successfully, will guarantee peace and stability in this all important industry,” Zikalala said.
Here are a few videos of the truck attacks:
Trucks being set alight on R59 15km before Vaal Plaza pic.twitter.com/P0PSGPD3Ba— lydia van der merwe (@DerLydia) November 21, 2020
Alarming violence targeting foreign truck drivers in South Africa. @PresidencyZA has condemned but action needs to be taken to stop xenophobia & arrest perpetrators. @BBCAfrica @CNNAfrica @AlJazeera @FRANCE24 @dwnews @VOAShaka pic.twitter.com/xS5bWgyXgR— Dewa Mavhinga (@dewamavhinga) November 25, 2020