Groups unite in protest to ban trucks from M13

2013-09-27 00:00

SEVERAL organisations and associations will join communities to protest today from 7 am to 9 am at the corner of Solomon Mahlangu (Edwin Swales) Drive and South Coast Road. They are demanding the banning of trucks from the M13 and the suburbs.

This follows the horrific truck accident a few weeks ago that claimed the lives of 23 people after the truck hit four laden taxis and a car on Field’s Hill.

“We are embarking on this protest as we feel that trucks along this route are causing too much destruction. We will not accept this any more and hope that the protest will allow the government to consider of our demands,” stated Desmond D’sa, co-ordinator for South Durban Community Environmental Alliance.

“Most trucks seen on the road are noticeably not well maintained or not kept in a decent condition. This has affected many residents as they are now beginning to complain about noise, pollution and various other disturbances by trucking companies in the suburbs. We also want to promote local resources and stop importing, as we believe that it is the root of all problems, be it foreign labour or goods,” said D’sa.

One of the main aims of the protest is to lobby for better rail infrastructure.

Organisations that are a part of the Anti-Trucking Coalition are the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, Earth Life eThekwini, Centre for Civil Society, and Clairwood Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association, will be joining in the protest, among others.

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