Durban no-trucks protest

2013-09-28 00:00

THE Anti-Trucking Coalition staged a protest during the morning rush hour at the busy intersection of Edwin Swales and Solomon Mahlangu Drive in Durban yesterday.

The coalition, which includes the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Centre for Civil Society, Diakonia Council of Churches, local ratepayer associations and several NGOs, wants to ban heavy vehicles on community roads and thus ensure the safety of communities and motorists. “Big trucks are destroying our community and none of [the operators] live here,” said SDCEA chairperson Desmond d’Sa. “They are causing damage to the roads and the sidewalks [and] destroying the fabric of our society.”

According to a statement from the coalition, “the majority of trucks funnel down the M7, and they and containers are taking over Durban’s southern suburbs, where there is an increase in containerisation and warehousing taking over commercial and residential areas.”

Trucking companies were using land illegally in the suburbs, according to Rishi Singh, chairperson of the Clairwood Ratepayers and Residents Association. “Clairwood is a residential suburb and we are calling on local government to stop truckers operating here. It is not zoned for such operations — they are illegal and therefore they must be moved.”

D’Sa said the coalition was also calling for a boycott of all imported goods that are transported by road. “We are asking people to be proudly South African and stop buying imported goods.”

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