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Crime continues to mar trucker strike

2012-10-08 18:27

Johannesburg - Arson, looting and theft marred the start of the third week of the truck drivers’ strike in Gauteng’s East Rand.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Inspector Kobedi Mokheseng said eight trucks had either been torched or stoned on Monday.

The trucks include two from Albany Bakery, which were set alight in Germiston, and another from Sunbake.

The driver of Sunbake's delivery truck and two passengers had their cellphones stolen and their assailants also helped themselves to 60 loaves of bread.

"We’re monitoring the situation with the SAPS," said Mokheseng.

He said the hotspots included railway stations, bridges over freeways and industrial areas.

Mokheseng said no arrests were made today and all the drivers managed to flee.

Another truck delivering fruit and vegetables was stoned and set alight in Boksburg this morning.

This afternoon a Shoprite Checkers truck was torched in Naledi, Soweto, City Press photographer Lucky Nxumalo reported from the scene.

Seven trucks were reportedly torched in Cape Town and no injuries were reported.

The Road Freight Employers Association's (RFEA) Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht confirmed that talks would continue tomorrow.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration will facilitate the negotiations and labour department officials are expected to attend.

Unions representing workers will be at the negotiations at the offices of the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry in Braamfontein, according to Professional Transport and Allied Workers Union general secretary Reckson Baloyi.

Baloyi said the RFEA was offering a three-year agreement but workers are demanding a two-year deal.

"Our initial demand was 12% but we’re not going to settle for anything less than two digits [10%]," he said.

Comments
  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-08 18:32

    Surely there is a law against this???? Where is the stuffing government? Surely keeping law and order is part of their mandate? Crikey so much destruction, these hooligans don't even deserve a salary let alone an increase!!!

      ray.priestley.79 - 2012-10-08 18:34

      They won't bring the police or army in because they may steal more.

      Vince.York - 2012-10-08 19:26

      It is ALWAYS the little rabbit or that tokoloshi creature "poverty" or relative "crime" that appears mysteriously and perpetrates these acts. It cannot be the drivers or unions .......NEVER EVER

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-08 19:57

      How can you forgot apartheid that ended 20 years ago

      jameswilliam.marshal - 2012-10-08 19:59

      The governments is too busy blaming apartheid for to deal with the real issues

      ntsele.tlhoaele - 2012-10-08 23:27

      you have no idea what this truck drivers goes through if thats the case would you consider to settle for less yes its wrong of them doing what they doing i wont condone that myself but also remember it was suppose to end even before they turn violence against this secondly they feel threatened by the "ghost stuff" that is hired to do the job. fact is companies should look beyond stuff like this and plan with the workers or rather put down a deal for them not to react in a bad way, its been three weeks with no conclusion to the simple demand now i think its just wrong for the employees to do such especially when they know that the economy is involved in this saga

      tw2066 - 2012-10-09 05:53

      ANc? Law? Justice? Responsible? ..... these are words that DONT go together in this ineptocracy. What puzzles me ALOT .. is that as the economy is strangled by the unruly masses, the ruling elite are changing place names and building a palace for the king.

      Nigel - 2012-10-09 07:46

      Perhaps they should stop 'monitoring' and bloody well do something.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-09 09:15

      If any strike involves serious intimmidation and violence it must immediately be declased illegal. You cannot give in to the criminal elements that use these methods to blackmail employers.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-09 11:26

      I fail to understand how the "state" can allow "people" to murder, loot and damage private private property with impunity. Surely these barbaric thugs should be arrested? We are a lawless society and the people who suffer most are the innocent law abiding citizens who pay their taxes. I am seriously fed up with these bunch of morons, across the board. SA has no chance!

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-10-08 18:50

    Where is the president of south africa.Hiding under the bed or snug and cozy in bed. he is some hopeless human.Where are you Zuma.You have to work sometimes for your salary....

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-08 19:57

      Polishing the spear

      tw2066 - 2012-10-09 05:54

      Overseeing his Palace in Nkaaaandddla

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-09 09:17

      Good question, no word from him. This shows again how incompetent he is, SA need strong leadership with integrity.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-08 18:54

    How bad must it get before showerhead declares a state of emergency?

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-08 19:56

      kobus once he does it will go on for a long time is all..he knows this but you are right it has to come sooner rather than later!

  • Tobie Vd Vyver - 2012-10-08 18:56

    Why must there always be violence during a strike? Why do these f@&$!n barbaric idiots always feel the need to damage private property and throw innocent people's cars with stones, etc??? If you want to live amongst humans you must behave like humans...

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-08 19:59

      Ever see a child not throwing a tantrum over something it cant get?

  • Johnson - 2012-10-08 18:56

    Common sense, the one attribute lacking in the so-called leadership of a country like its airline loosing its momentum due to the populist believe that ruling a country is rather getting something in return than showing strength to lead us to the dream nation everybody had on their lips not so long ago. One failure after another, one more newspaper reporting on corruption, where ever they are deployed in the name of affirmative action. Killings day by day like we saw in Libya and recently in Syria, Africans employ the one the simplest rule they know best - even if you are an employee not participating in their strike action or to simply remove a political opponent. The country has become a leader in the world of statistic's, not for our ability to govern or educate, but for our ability to kill and destroy, to the extend that even foreigners come here if they want somebody removed. After all you don't have to look hard to find a killer, here we do it over a pay dispute.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-10-08 19:14

    NOT REALY!!!!!!! AERICA WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

  • Warren Wepener - 2012-10-08 19:16

    Get rid of the truck drivers we must remember their faces on TV they will not always stay together

  • mellissa.smith.906 - 2012-10-08 19:28

    THIS IS SO $%#^$%OUT OF CONTROL.......WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THESE STRIKES.....EVERY TIME SOMEONE STRIKES DESTRUCTION FOLLOWS...THEY ARE SO DEAD SET ON GETTING WHAT THEY WANT NOT DESERVE WANT THAT THEY DON'T CARE THAT THEY ARE KILLING PEOPLE......KILLING PEOPLE....AND DO NOT BLAME THE POLICE LAST TIME THEY DID SOMETHING THEY GOT TOLD THEY ARE KILLERS. I MEAN WHEN A STRIKER COMES AT YOU WITH A SPEAR YOUR JUST SUPPOSE TO STAND THERE BECAUSE IT'S ALRIGHT FOR THEM TO KILL....AND BURN CARS AND BREAK WINDOWS AND THREATEN THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO WORK. THE ONES THAT KNOW THAT IF THEY DON'T WORK THEIR KIDS DON'T GET FOOD..WHERE ARE THESE UNIONS THAT ARE SUPPOSE TO CONTROL THE STRIKERS...ONE GUY GOT INJURED BECAUSE OF THE UNIONS INCOMPETENCE AND NOW HIS BRAIN DEAD @#$%@%4 BRAIN DEAD...AND TOMORROW THE STRIKERS GET WHAT THEY WANT AND EVERYTHING IS JUST SUPPOSE TO GO BACK TO NORMAL...WHO'S GOING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DAMAGED TRUCKS AND INJURED PEOPLE AND THE FAMILY THAT LOST THEIR SON,DAD, BROTHER, HUSBAND....WHO!!!!!!!!!!! THIS COULD HAVE BEEN RESOLVED LIKE CIVIL PEOPLE THERE WAS NO BLOODY REASON FOR TRUCK'S TO BE BURNED AND PEOPLE TO HAVE DIED.....INSTEAD THEIRS A BUNCH OF CRAZY ANIMALS RUNNING WILD BECAUSE THE ZOO KEEPERS ARE TO PATHETIC TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND KEEP BLAMING THE GOVERNMENT AND EVERYONE ELSE.... THEY WANT MORE MONEY YES BUT IS ALL THE DESTRUCTION NECESSARY....

      jameswilliam.marshal - 2012-10-08 20:02

      It's proven that crime pays in this country.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-08 20:03

      @melissa this is all because we have a government that came to power through violence..or what little they could achieve,but violence all the same.This culture of violence is deeply rooted in the cANCer and the average black citizen sees it and adopts it.This blame can squarely be laid at the feet of the countries that forced us to relinquish power so quickly cause they demonized us so badly.The same is happening in Libya and Syria where their hands are put..lets face it the Turks are supplying arms to the opposition in Syria at the behest of the EU and Yanks..I am afraid the wheel will turn full circle and they will feel great suffering one day for all their war mongering and sowing of evil!

      tw2066 - 2012-10-09 06:01

      Whos responsible you ask... its the masses who vote for the ANC. The masses who endorse a corrupt government that is unable to protect it citizens. The masses who are too thick to see this strike and realise its no good for inflation, their health and safety. The ANC are to inept to take charge. To busy licking COSATUs rump and worrying about their own power. But who put the ANC $h!t there with COSATU in the first place ... yes those stupid masses.

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-09 09:22

      Well, at least you know your caps lock is working.

  • pieter.moolman.9 - 2012-10-08 19:40

    I have had a new R800000 vehicles windows thrown out in Port Elizabeth, why does all of the insurance companies not consolidate their customers losses and claim the damages from SATAWU? I pay and look after my staff and vehicles, who gives anyone them the right to damage my property? If I start damaging their property I will most probably land up in jail! Maybe the transport companies owners should lock up their vehicles and bussiness premises untill after Christmas, hang up a sign "gone fishing!" The strikers might then realise what they had if they have to go through the festive season without a cent in their pocket! Bloody fools!

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-08 22:01

      Blah Blah blah..... all talk, maybe this maybe that... do it already, and save yourself the problem of having your trucks and property damaged.... go fishing..... before you give yourself a heart attack. Who would be able to blame you. Soon e-tolls are going to cut further into your pockets, this for roads build out of tax payers money already, to people who are not even living in South Africa. I would suggest that companies shut down till next year, go fishing by all means...... Strange if we think about it, most truckers salaries can't even match the price of a good high end fishing rod, or a good second hand pair of golf clubs...... ohhh and even if some did manage to save up the means to buy such luxuries.....when will they get the time to practice such past times.... what...with all the hours they put into the job....?

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-10-08 19:44

    Well said Mellisa. Truth be told.

  • thechrisberryshow - 2012-10-08 19:46

    I wanted a bigger increase this year, didn't get it....so I set fire to.......nothing.

  • tshupyana.fothane - 2012-10-08 19:51

    Truck Drivers must get paid enough,They are economic pillar.Just think if SBV,Group 04.Fedility ATM runs out of money.Where is Motsepe gonna draw his money from.Doctor to Drive to Hospital must use Petrol who is Driving this Dangerous Goods truck Driver.Gases to Hospital to make Patient get their lives back.Police Vehicles,Ambulance,Chopper to trace criminals.Truck Drivers.Our Leaders must stand up and start regulating Foreigners thats the one who hijack trucks using strike Truck Drivers.I am not against this people but they must get regulated.Unidentified person is not good for society.

      brendan.k.shaw - 2012-10-08 19:57

      Unions need to take responsibility. Putting someone in ICU just due to the fact he is not striking? These people are savages

  • Cindy - 2012-10-08 20:26

    why cant they just strike in peace? Why be so violent? Cant they think for themselves that their striking affects everybody in south africa? I wish this strikes can end and everybody can just go on with their lifes. Drivers work hard, I know, give them a reasonable raise and end this violence.

  • susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-08 20:38

    Clearly these strikers do not eat bread. Shame on them for destroying food. If only these criminals will light up a petrol tanker and destroy themselves in the process.

      wendy.swanepoel.18 - 2012-10-09 16:54

      Dear Susanna, unfortunately when they do do this they'll use the innocent to do the torching!!!

  • khosi2 - 2012-10-08 21:29

    Since de ANC to over here in SA there's is so much strikes going through bcos everytime this party makes changes and doesnt think for other people only for themselves, more strikes to come and only promises but nothing happens. Wake up South Africa its enough.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-10-08 21:43

    The only time Zuma will get out of bed is when the poice start to shoot the rubbish

  • thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2012-10-08 21:45

    I don't think the poor Drivers are responsible for the crime.All what they want is only 12% that's all....

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-08 22:09

      And they deserve much more than this measly 12%

      tw2066 - 2012-10-09 06:05

      ???

  • hdejager3 - 2012-10-09 00:47

    @ntsele lack of education all i can say

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-09 06:59

    And who is going to pay for the damages? Or is this just another one of those that get swept under the carpet while the blame game goes on and on....

  • fred.potgieter.92 - 2012-10-09 07:49

    http://www.topix.com/forum/blogs/T4V2CO4TD0KNK8P20/post59

  • Delacruise01 - 2012-10-09 08:26

    Its election time! no-one is going to do anything before the election and all the unions know this! 10000 criminals in jail is 10000 less to vote.

  • candicehickman312 - 2012-10-10 05:32

    You ass o are stuffing up South Africa!!! wake up and see the reality if the government doesn't do something we are going to be the next Zimbabwe!!!

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