Strike violence hits KZN

2011-02-17 11:03

A truck passenger was shot in the head in KwaZulu-Natal in an incident believed to be linked to the truck drivers’ pay strike, police said today.

“So far it is four cases that have been reported. This was the first time a person has been shot in what is believed to be related to the truck drivers strike,” said Colonel Jay Naicker.

He said the incident happened at about 10pm yesterday on the N3 freeway northbound, near Tweedie.

“Shots were fired at a truck and a passenger Ramathandhan Amim (33) was shot in the head twice and taken to hospital. Police were investigating an attempted murder case,” said Naicker.

Naicker said four people were arrested on Sunday for intimidation in Howick, also related to the strike.

Yesterday at about 9pm on the N3 southbound, a rock was thrown on truck driver Alison Zikalala (39).

Zikalala was taken to hospital and a case of attempted murder was opened.

The unions – Transport and Allied Workers Union of SA, Professional Transport Workers Union, SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu), and the Motor Transport Workers Union – are demanding a 20% increase allocated over a two-year period, for example 10%this year and 10% next year.

About 65 000 workers participated in the strike.

Naicker said police were on duty patrolling all known truck routes.

KwaZulu-Natal Satawu provincial secretary, Joseph Dube, said their members did not associate themselves with violence.

He said: “We do not take responsibility for such acts and if a person commits such an offence they are doing it in their own personal capacity and not as a Satawu member.”

Members of Satawu marched in the Durban central business district on Tuesday in protest.

“We are going to have an emergency meeting later today. We will be able to decide on when we will have another march,” said Dube. 

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