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Trucks torched in Cape Town

2012-10-03 16:30

Cape Town - Two trucks were set alight and a third was pelted with stones in Cape Town on Wednesday, Western Cape police said.

Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said one truck was set alight in the morning on the N2 near the airport, and the other in the afternoon at Gunners Circle, in Epping.

No was one injured and no arrests were made.

Earlier in the day, a third truck was stoned in Gugulethu.

Two trucks were damaged the previous day near the airport.

It was not clear whether the violence was linked to an ongoing strike in the freight sector.

The strike, which is in its second week, has been marred by violence and intimidation.

Drivers want a 12% salary increase, but employers have offered 8.5% for next year, and another 0.5% the following year.

Comments
  • heathway.master - 2012-10-03 17:56

    I have finally come to realise that the masses generally have the mind of a child. Their main drivers in life are envy and greed, and now, entitlement added. They will be unbelievably excited at their new bicycle and will ride it all day all over the veld. Should the kid next door however get a bike with a bell and a front light, then their bike will suddenly become not good enough, and they will scream, sulk, stamp their feet until they get a bell and a light. If the next door kid now gets a fancy leather seat, then their bike once again will not be considered good enough. and they will scream, sulk, and stamp their feet until they get a shiny new leather saddle. i.e. whatever they presently have, no matter how it may be improved, they always will want more and better. The latest attitude is that if the boss can drive a nice car and get a higher salary than them, this is discriminating, as they do the work to give him these things. They of course want to work in an environment where the tea girl, gardener, and car washer, all get the same salary and perks as the boss. After all they are black and have been oppressed for 300 years. We are consultants dependent on mine work, which has all but dried up. Management are already looking at mass retrenchment. Good luck strikers as you drive the country’s economy into the dust. May you live a life of continuing prosperity, excesses and luxury, as your education, skills and management ability so clearly warrant.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-03 18:06

    This will be the trend of all future strikes - only the next one will be more violent than this, as will be the one after, and the one after that. Marikana set a new precedent, it is now fashionable to strike, destroy and kill. The government should pass legislation that any workers misbehaving during a strike can be summarily dismissed. Unions must be fined heftily if their members misbehave, and held civilly liable for damages caused during a strike. It is the only way to stop this madness.

      loki.scribus - 2012-10-03 19:08

      Government won't do anything. They'll come out and publicly condemn the violence and destruction, but that's it. Just reading about Rustenburg residents burning a shop and mine lapa because they want jobs. How can someone demand a job by burning down someone else's place of work? Would you give a vandal/arsonist a job?

  • bert.einswine - 2012-10-03 18:21

    Reading the news these days, makes me wonder if this country is becoming overrun by mindless savages.There is no law and order.Scum like this cannot be negotiated with.

  • Herman Schutte - 2012-10-03 19:36

    Hulle soek meer geld great ons almal doen so soek ander werk!!

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-10-03 19:44

    With all this crap going on the N2 should be swarming with police. 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and shoot the F"c#$%^%%$#

  • Zahir - 2012-10-03 20:03

    The govt is like a spectator watching our country slip into chaos and violence

  • tim.rolston.9 - 2012-10-03 20:33

    No arrests were made... are they ever?

  • catcus1 - 2012-10-03 20:45

    They will NEVER EVER learn or come right - look at Africa !!

  • Mrembola Gimba Tebza - 2012-10-05 13:42

    Y is Everyone suppourting the Employers Things Like This Gonna Kip on happening U guys Dont Know How Hard We employees work hard

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