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South African truck drivers are threatening to shut down the country if the government does not enforce a law that prohibits foreign truck drivers from working in South Africa. #WeStandWithSATruckDrivers has begun to trend on Twitter with many prominent South Africans supporting the movement.

Truck petrol bombed last night by protesters on the N3 North near Vosloorus.

A truck was set alight last night by protesters on the N3 North direction Vosloorus. A Petrol bomb/Molotov was used.

A truck was set alight last night by protesters on the N3 North direction Vosloorus. A Petrol bomb/Molotov was used.

Posted by Intelligence Bureau SA on Monday, July 6, 2020

In the video below, foreign truck drivers are being targeted.

Protest on the corners of Vickers Rd and the M2 Highway at City Deep Truck Stop. Protesters are targeting trucks, please avoid when in area.

Protest on the corners of Vickers Rd and the M2 Highway at City Deep Truck Stop. Protesters are targeting trucks, please avoid when in area.

Posted by Intelligence Bureau SA on Monday, July 6, 2020

Striking Truck Drivers in Johannesburg

This driver ran away when confronted by people wanting to intimidate him.

https://twitter.com/lebokarel/status/1280446761505558528?s=20

Ncebo Ndlovu, of the South Africa Truck Drivers Association spoke to SABC News and said, “All South African truck drivers have agreed not to go to work unless foreign truck drivers have been removed. We want zero percent foreign nationals in South Africa. Driving is not a special skill so we don’t want to have any foreign drivers.

trucks block the road

Companies are breaching the collective bargaining agreement as they are employing foreigners. Foreign truck drivers are satisfied with anything in South Africa that is why they are employed. The R350 grant relief is an insult to any citizen. So we are claiming South Africa to retain our jobs. In Namibia, Zimbabwe or here in South Africa truck driving jobs are reserved for locals. You cannot drive a Zimbabwean truck with a Zimbabwean plate or a Namibian plate when you are a foreigner. So we want that to happen here in South Africa.

Truck drivers strike

We don’t want to drive our trucks with foreign nationals. They can drive in their country and they can deliver here in South Africa. Most of the drivers in South Africa who are truck drivers are renewing their licenses every two years yet they are not working. Foreign truck drivers are accused of having fake licenses.

We want to be peaceful South African truck drivers. We are not fighting even in the past years. Those destroying property are not part of our organisation. They are hooligans taking advantage of the situation. We are calling for a national shutdown from the 7th of July until the government tells us a date when they will not allow foreign nationals to drive South African trucks. There are no South
Africans driving foreign trucks. If you go to Botswana, they will tell you you cannot drive a truck. You have to be a citizen.”

The PutSouthAfricansFirst movement is supporting the initiative with the hashtag
#WeStandWithSATruckDrivers trending on Twitter.

CPS security

Hot spot areas reported so far
Truck Shutdown – Hotspot areas: Reported Incidents*
*Pelser Road Bridge, N3 – Drivers attacked – injuries reported
*R545 Between Kriel & Ogies – trucks with petrol loads stopped. SAPS attended.
*N3 North Vosloorus – 2 trucks petrol bombed
*Other Possible hotspots*
• Truck stops on all major routes.
Eastern Cape
*N2 Motherwell area, Coega
*All routes into Gauteng* (N1 north and south, N4 east and west, N3).
KwaZulu-Natal
*N3 Van Rheenen’s Pass *N3 Mooi River
*N3 Estcourt
*N3 Harrismith
*N2 towards Richards Bay and Port Shepstone and Verulam
*N2 Piet Retief / Pongola – trucks prevented from proceeding to Pongola
Mpumalanga
N11 and R33 between Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal in the direction of Ermelo.
Western Cape
*N7 in the vicinity of Moorreesburg
*N2, Lwandle
*N7 near Eendekui
*N7, Philadelphia, Du Toits Kloof Pass on the Paarl side
*C/o Stellenbosch Arterial and R300
*N1 High Way near the weighbridge before Rawsonville,
*N1 Du Toitskloof pass, adjacent to the Heugenot Tunnel
-Source – SA long distance truckers