SA government’s inability to resolve the deep-rooted issue of the hiring of foreign national truck drivers has again resulted in protest action.
Hundreds of truck drivers — claiming to be from the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF) — embarked on protest action in the Bayhead area of Durban.
Metro police spokesperson Supt Parboo Sewpersad said at least 300 protesters gathered on Langeberg Road in Bayhead, burning tyres and blockading parts of the road.
He said the protesters claimed to be from the ATDF and were protesting against the hiring of foreign national truck drivers in the country.
“Motorists are advised to be very cautious on the roads within the city today as there is also planned protest action within the CBD.”
Sewpersad said members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association had planned to protest and chase foreigners out of the CBD yesterday.
“They have not yet been granted a permit for the planned protest,” said Sewpersad.
On Sunday evening, members from the ATDF embarked on protest action at the Marianhill toll plaza along the N3 highway.
There have been attacks on trucks across the province and country over the past few days.
The Road Freight Association (RFA) told the Sunday Times that at least 30 truck drivers were attacked across SA last week alone.
Last year, the SA Times reported how the onslaught against companies employing foreign truck drivers had left dozens dead or injured and caused R1.2bn in damages to trucks and cargo, according to the RFA.