Protesters target petrol attendants

2013-09-18 00:00

SEVERAL petrol attendants have been injured in separate incidents related to the ongoing petrol strike.

In Durban, a 26-year-old petrol attendant was rushed to hospital yesterday morning following an altercation outside a service station on Shepstone Road in New Germany, Pinetown.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said that the man had sustained a head injury and was in a critical condition. It is believed that the man had not been dressed in uniform and the attack, delivered by unidentified persons, is linked to the current petrol strike.

There have been reports of similar altercations in Pietermaritzburg.

Two non-striking petrol attendants were violently attacked outside the Engen service station on Church Street last Thursday.

The service manager on duty told The Witness: “The attendants had been confronted by strikers wielding knobkerries and sjamboks.”

In two other attacks, attendants at a Pietermaritzburg Total service station and BP garage were targeted. In both cases the employees had been attacked by protesters carrying weapons and sustained considerable injuries.

Following these attacks, management have appointed security to patrol the premises to ensure their workers’ safety. Employees of the service stations have since returned to work.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police were investigating these incidents.

Employers’ attempts to protect non-striking staff by telling them to arrive a work without their regular uniform have been to no avail as protesters have been able to identify those who have not joined the strike.

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