We had permission to drive trucks into Pretoria CBD - Coal Forum

2017-03-01 12:10

Pretoria – The Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) has denied "strongarming" its way into staging a protest on Wednesday morning.

The City of Tshwane was aware that it would be bringing over 100 of its trucks into the city centre, CTF spokesperson Mary Phadi told journalists.

"We did not strongarm anyone. We did an application. They have given us a permission to march today. We are expecting the security cluster to communicate," she said.

Phadi said their work was to bring the trucks into the city, on time and without incident.

At least 100 trucks blocked a number of highways into central Pretoria. The drivers hooted as they crawled into the CBD. Distressed commuters vented their frustration on social media.

CTF truck drivers arrive at the Union Buildings
CTF truck drivers arrive at the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum to the Presidency. (Lizeka Tandwa/News24)

'Drivers will be out of employment'

The truckers were making their way to the old Putco depot in Marabastad, from where they would travel to the Union Buildings in a convoy of cars.

Phadi said the purpose of their protest was to hand a memorandum to President Jacob Zuma’s office, in which they object to Eskom signing agreements with independent power producers (IPPs).

"It will be so irresponsible for Eskom to sign those agreements. It’s important for the drivers and their families. It’s important for their livelihood. The drivers will be out of employment. The people they are assisting at home will suffer."

She said Zuma’s talk of radical economic transformation would not happen, should Eskom sign these contracts.

"This is not a political statement. This is a message to the president to say, please can you make sure you slow down the process of signing with IPPs so that we stay in business, instead of making sure all the mines close, turning Witbank into a ghost town."

Witbank is in the country’s major coal mining district.

Read more on:    pretoria  |  traffic  |  protests

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.