Satawu denies members killed driver

2012-10-09 14:20
About 15 000 striking transport workers are expected to return to work. Picture: Muntu Vilakazi/City Press

About 15 000 striking transport workers are expected to return to work. Picture: Muntu Vilakazi/City Press

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Cape Town - The violent strikers who killed a Cape Town truck driver do not belong in the labour movement and should face the law, the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) said on Tuesday.

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

Cape Town truck driver Gary Stewart, 41, was declared brain dead after being hit on the head by a stone thrown into his vehicle, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Stewart had been on life support with a fractured skull after he sustained severe brain damage last Wednesday. He was hit on the head while driving on the N2 by a stone thrown through the windshield of his truck. The stone throwers were thought to be Satawu members.

"No one associated with us can be involved with violence," Masoga said.

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," Masoga said.

"The criminals involved must certainly face the wrath of the law."

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

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