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Cape Town protesters set fire to truck

2012-10-09 17:30

Cape Town - Protesters set fire to a truck in Salt River, Cape Town, on Tuesday morning, Western Cape police said.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said the group, armed with sticks and stones, approached the delivery truck on the corner of Bromwell and Voortrekker roads around 08:30. They broke the windows and set fire to the cabin.

Both occupants managed to run to safety. The driver sustained minor injuries to his left hand.

Van Wyk said the truck was on its way to Ndabeni at the time. A public violence case was opened and no arrests had been made.

Trucker killed

A strike by the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) entered its third week on Monday, with violence reported across the country.

On Wednesday, Cape Town trucker Gary Stewart was hit on the head by a stone thrown through the windshield of his truck while on the N2. The stone throwers were thought to be Satawu members.

Stewart had been on life support with a fractured skull and severe brain damage. His family decided on Monday that his life support machines should be switched off.

Satawu said the strikers who killed Stewart did not belong in the labour movement and should face the law.

"We do not think people like that belong in our democracy and they do not belong with us as Satawu," spokesperson Vincent Masoga said.

Disciplinary action

"No one associated with us can be involved with violence."

He said if any Satawu members were found to be involved they would face internal disciplinary processes and the law.

"We are heartbroken at this. We send condolences to his family and fellow workers. The criminals involved must certainly face the wrath of the law."

Masoga said Satawu would co-operate with the police's investigation.

Comments
  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-09 18:12

    Protestors set fire to truck, what protestors? Were they protesting the strike, were they strikers protesting were protestors, protesting the fact that the truck was on the corner????? WTF? Were they protesting truckers? And if they were why were none arrested?

  • Notrax123 - 2012-10-09 18:48

    What the hell have these people been smoking? Satawu said the strikers who killed Stewart did not belong in the labour movement and should face the law. "We do not think people like that belong in our democracy and they do not belong with us as Satawu," spokesperson Vincent Masoga said. "No one associated with us can be involved with violence."

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-09 19:57

      "No one associated with us can be involved with violence." We hear it every time there's violence by strikers - which is every time there's a strike. Clearly they do not know even 1/000th of the members let alone their wishes. They certainly have no control over their members. Nor have they been able to instill these sterling values. This is trademark Alliance - to refuse to be accountable for any of their members. Ironically, they wish to hold an employer accountable for the alleged utterances of one person who works for a sub-contractor. Double-standards, as always.

  • hsnam - 2012-10-09 19:04

    All truckers associated with the strike should be locked up, all a bunch of criminals. If they do not get what they want they cause damage and kill people.

  • sias1 - 2012-10-09 20:36

    My personal opinion is that the union leaders should be held accountable for the loss of life and property, these guys get rich from the monthly contributions of the workers, if you can't control them, resign and get a real job and get someone in your place that can. It's about time that these fat cats get charged with murder.

  • craig.alberts.14 - 2012-10-10 09:19

    The worst is that everyone is affected by this! I was on my way into the office and was caught in between a confrontation between rioters and police. The rioters were stoning a Blue Ribbon truck without any provocation and the police then let rip with rubber bullets (one of which whacked my car!!!) This is ridiculous! Please conduct yourselves with a level of decency! WHATEVER YOUR GRIPE IS WITH YOUR EMPLOYERS YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO ENDANGER THE LIVES OF OTHER SOUTH AFRICANS!!!

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