02 December 2020
PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the violence and vandalism affecting the road freight industry and commended the police work that has led to arrests in Gauteng in the past 24 hours.
“As South Africans, we cannot possibly tolerate the mindless and bloody lawlessness with which the road freight industry is being targeted,” said Ramaphosa.
“We cannot tolerate this loss of life and destruction of property.”
Ramaphosa also welcomed the arrest of suspects in Gauteng in the past 24 hours following deadly assaults on truck drivers.
He expressed confidence that perpetrators in all parts of the country will be brought to book.
To that effect, Ramaphosa has directed Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi and the ministers of transport, home affairs and police – to submit a report to him on the matter.
Ramaphosa has also offered his “sincere condolences” to the families and colleagues of drivers who have lost their lives through the intimidation and violence perpetrated by criminals.
He also offered his wishes for a speedy recovery to drivers who have sustained physical injuries and psychological trauma during these incidents.
Numerous heavy trucks have been attacked, including being shot at, across South African cities. The attacks are allegedly masterminded by community members who feel that freight companies prefer hiring foreigners, instead of South Africans.