Transport protesters intimidate driver, pelt trucks with stones

2012-09-25 12:16

Road freight sector employees are believed to have intimidated a driver on Richmond road in Pinetown, Durban, while striking truck drivers in the Johannesburg CBD threw stones at passing trucks today.

“There were about 150 protesters who were intimidating transport workers,” Durban metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi said.

“A truck driver claimed that the protesters stopped his vehicle and took his keys.”

In Johannesburg, stones were thrown at trucks passing Beyers Naude square in the city centre, where truck drivers are protesting, the Johannesburg metro police’s Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

“Companies are requested to tell their people not to send any trucks into the Joburg CBD in order to avoid further violence and damage to trucks.”

Employees of the road freight sector – which includes truck drivers – went on a national strike over their pay increase yesterday.

The workers were demanding a 12% increase. Their employers had offered 8.5%.

The strike came when wage negotiations deadlocked after protracted discussions since early June at the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry, the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union said.

Msomi said that earlier the protesters gathered on Richmond road but had since moved to Kings road in Pinetown.

It was not clear which companies the protesters worked for.

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