Three trucks were shot at in the Durban area on Saturday evening, while one truck was stoned near Mooi River on Sunday, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
The shooting and stoning follows a national strike by All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied SA over the “appalling conditions” truck drivers work under.
The strike started on Sunday. The forum targeted the N3, N11 highway to Newcastle, M4 and M7, N2 and N34.
What Is SAPS Response
Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said despite the incidents, traffic was flowing smoothly on the national roads.
“In the three shooting-at-truck incidents, no injuries were suffered and of the three, one was meant to harm those on board because the bullet hit the windshield of the truck while the other two were just wild shots at the carriage areas of the trucks.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and we have deployed accordingly. The hotspots in the province are Durban harbour, N3, N11 near Empangeni, the toll gates and Richards Bay because there have been threats to disrupt traffic flow in these areas,” said Netshiunda.”
He said they were ready to handle any disruptions that might erupt on the national roads. Forum secretary Sifiso Nyathi told The Witness that the response to their grievances was satisfactory. “We want the safety of the truck drivers on the roads. We want the government to do away with labour brokers.
“All truck companies must comply with the collective agreement and our demand for R37 000 basic salary must be met.” – Citizen