SA people vow to stop arms

2008-04-19 00:00

Cape Town — Before last night’s events, ordinary South Africans were vowing to do all they could to stop the transport of the weapons aboard the Chinese ship An Yue Jiang from reaching Zimbabwe.

Following the lead of the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union and United Transport and Allied Trade Union, which said their members would not handle the cargo, churches, students and trucking companies joined Zimbabwean refugees in a bid to stop the cargo from crossing South Africa.

A group of midlands citizens were mobilising to block the roads should the cargo leave the harbour.

Noseweek editor Martin Welz, who earlier this week received the tip-off about the ship’s presence, said his office has been inundated with calls from concerned people.

“The feeling I have is that South Africans have realised this is something they can do for Zimbabwe. The government won’t do anything, so they have decided they will.”

He added that “the lack of an official reaction, added to the fact that the ship arrived at a South African port rather than going on the usual Mozambican route, suggests that the South African government was involved in the deal from the start and that it has been actively facilitating the deal”.

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