Cape Town trucker fighting for his life

2012-10-10 10:17

Cape Town - A truck driver is fighting for his life after protesters set him alight in Manenberg, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

"He's critical. They actually attacked him, poured petrol on him and set him alight," an unidentified doctor at the GF Jooste Hospital in Manenberg was quoted as saying.

The driver, 62, was admitted on Monday afternoon with burns on his face, lips and hand. He also had a brain injury as a result of a lack of oxygen.

The man was stabilised and transferred to a private hospital on Tuesday night.

Negotiations in the trucking sector's three-week strike stalled on Tuesday evening.
The strike has left several trucks destroyed, people injured and at least one person dead.

Gary Stewart, 41, was struck on the head by stone thrown through the window of his truck last Wednesday while driving on the N2 in Cape Town.

His life support machines were switched off on Monday.

  • lindie.nel.98 - 2012-10-10 10:21

    Dis siek verby!!! Hoe kan mense ander mense sommer net aan die brand steek???!!!! En dan kom die stakers niks oor nie??? Ons land is regtig net in sy m*^*!!!!!

      lownabester - 2012-10-10 10:26

      Savages, nothing else,

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-10 10:37

      Die land is f%&ked up Lindie... Ons het diere wat tussen ons bly. Die arme drywers wil net n lewe vir hulle families maak deur om te werk en die barbare val hulle aan. Dus verby siek ja!!!

      Janice - 2012-10-10 10:38

      This is worse than horrific!!! People who just want to earn an honest wage for their families, and look what these barbaric monsters are doing!!!

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-10 11:06

      SAVAGES they are. Nothing more, nothing less. They worse than animals

      susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-10-10 11:18

      En nog n ou mens van 62

      zambezi.river - 2012-10-10 11:38

      Lets all just keep commenting on News24 cos its gonna make so much of a difference!

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-10 11:43


      kevin.nicklin - 2012-10-10 12:40

      I agree. This country is at war. And the hard working citizens are being butchered by rebellious gold digging thieves. It is time that the good, hard working people of all races unite together and cleanse this country! Lets take the fight to them!

  • Robin - 2012-10-10 10:27

    The unions must be held accountable period.

      natasha.dewet.5 - 2012-10-10 10:46

      I agree fully. and anyone inciting these strikes. i hope the families / victims affected sue the sh*t out of SATAWU. I am sure there has to some legal ground to base the case upon. The unioun applies for a permit, i think, to strike, so they should be held liable for any and all distruction as a result of it.

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-10 11:24

      Robin My Bro. There will come nothing of it. All they do is deny it.I say F*#K this. We need to stop this Cr#P by getting together and start a WAR against these thugs!! In other words.... TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY!!!!

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-10 11:34

      Because, Like I mentioned below in Afrikaans>>>>>> We are already at WAR,It will only intensify.It's just the educated humans that's not fighting back.Yes we rather leave it for the uneducated and greedy Unions to try and sort out right?

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-10-10 10:28

    Even animals would not do this !!! How do you actually describe sub-humans who would do that to another creature

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-10 13:30

      Toofaan, animals are mostly decent all the time. Humans are decent some of the time.

  • customdesign - 2012-10-10 10:31

    The government is responsible for allowing the unions to hold the country to ransom. What happened to the tough talks at Marikana a few weeks back?

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-10 11:37

      The ANC government is in cahoots with the unions, so there is no argument there, through their alliance with Casatu they are implicated and involved in all of this. It is time to get rid of the Union, Heavy Duty Truck Opperation should be made a registered trade, and governed by its own truck operators association in charge of setting out standardized salary scales etc. There are to many 'parties' vying for a slice of the cake that is offered by truck operators services. The Trade should be legislated as an essential service.

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-10 10:32

    Disgusting barbaric and savage act ! These bastards should be hanged. Put the useless e-toll gantries to some good use...turn them into gallows!

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-10 12:59

      Best idea I've heard in a long time ...

  • werner.niksch - 2012-10-10 10:33

    hulle is almal donerse honde!!!!hoe kan mens sulke optrede regverdig en dan gebeur daar nog boonop niks met die culprits nie.....waar gaan dit alles eindig?????

      Jane - 2012-10-10 10:55

      honde is n duisend keer beter as hierdie vuil goed!

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-10 11:27


      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-10 11:29

      Eintlik Is dit alreeds OORLOG. Ons Baklei net nie terug nie SWAK!!!!

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-10-10 12:14

      Ja, die woord word oor en oor gebruik: barbare / savages. Nie 'n mens of 'n dier nie. Ek dink ook die vakbonde moet verntwoordelikheid neem.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-10-10 10:38

    How awful! What a terrible thing to have to endure; how cold & heartless does a group of people need to be to do something like this to an innocent, hard working person? To what purpose? Because he never supported their cause. Absolutely shameful. It's barbaric; it's denying someone on so many levels of human rights - the right to life, the right to freedom of expression, freedom of movement, freedom of speech. The mob mentality of so many striking South Africans, combined with a predilection to violence, is a lethal combination.

  • jacqueline.modise - 2012-10-10 10:40

    This is cruel.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-10 10:43

    The people responsible for this heinous act must be sought out poste haste and punished to the maximum allowed by law. A 62 year old man trying to earn a living is set alight, what savage does this to an innocent person driving a truck.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-10-10 10:43

    And to think we walk the same streets as this trash. It's sickening.

  • Cameron - 2012-10-10 10:44

    C'mon you trolls that always defend the strikers! where are you brainless fools now?

  • Antipoaching - 2012-10-10 10:44

    Watch how SATAWU distance themselves from the perpetrators...... apparently all SATAWU members are friendly, peace-loving, live and let live types

  • julius.hond - 2012-10-10 10:46

    I was speaking to a 78 year old german a week ago. He moved here 25 years ago. The old man said: son, get out of this country. It is going the african way and soon your rands will be worthless. We all know this, its makes me sad.... so sorry we have to share this country to these animals. What can we do, where can we express our opinions?

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 10:46

    Truckers should have some police or army protection, this is no democracy.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-10 10:49

    Why was nobody arrested? A reward should be put out for information leading to the arrest of these murderers.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-10 14:14

      Elbie you are right, we can't have another Marikana disaster, so the police should say that owners of trucks should not risk sending out vehicles until further notice, simple as that.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-10 10:50

    Bloody scum bags, and of course the union will deny that it was their members.

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-10 10:53

    Excuse my ignorance but WHY is our army not deployed to escort trucks making essential deliveries of food, petrol, etc ? Our taxes pay their salaries..... This country is in a state of crisis and I cannot understand why the army is not involved in protecting the country and it's citizens!

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-10 10:53

    Inhumane, barbaric fckn SAVAGES!!!!!!! They are NOT, NOT human!

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-10 11:15

      I agree. Even animals treat there own better. These truckers and SATAWU are savages!

  • markvonbentheim - 2012-10-10 10:58

    it's all about making the country ungovernable so that Zuma doesn't get re-elected.

  • rouwal - 2012-10-10 10:58

    Very tragic,does it always have to lead to this!

  • melissa.v.bettencourt - 2012-10-10 11:00

    This is terrible!!! Where is this pathetic government of ours!!! Who's holding the reigns to rule the country, cause it definately aint who it's supposed to be!! I feel so sorry for these men and woman, who try and earn an honest living, while the rest of the pigs that they are, are striking and making it worse for our country. Dont they realise that it puts our country behind. How do their dumb ass brains work??? With the recession on the horizon, they carry on with this they going to make not only their situation worse, but worse for everybody!!

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-10 11:01

    SATAWU = SAVAGES!!!!!!!!

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-10 11:03

      Wow news24, you delete all my other comment and you keep this one on. Man you guys are a bunch of twats. +

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-10 11:24

      Yep it is like News24 is taking off a lot of comments lately... anything that might implicate the ANC/Alliance and their Unions and or the Road Freight Employers Association while anybody can comment on what dogs, these truckers are, it does not seem anybody can even mention one word that might portray the RFEA's in a suspicious or derogatory light.

  • neilpretorius83 - 2012-10-10 11:03

    Quickly remind me again - why should we be proudly South African? Anybody?

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-10-10 11:07

    I've lost all respect for these truck drivers and their strike. They don't deserve increased wages if this how they act! Those responsible must be brought to justice! Where's the death penalty when you need it?

  • hdejager3 - 2012-10-10 11:11

    @news24 were is your comrades comments now

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-10 11:13

    If you don't want to work, fine, dance around in the street like an idiot in the hopes that your bosses will pay you more for NOT working, but DON'T inflict your issues onto other people by physically hurting them! What is going to happen to these strikers for the death/ s of non striking workers? NOTHING. There will be no justice for these men who are actually smart enough to go to work for their money. The police should escort the trucks and just shoot at anyone coming at them with any weapon, be it a stone or a machete. These strikers deserve to be fired. I actually hope the shops in their areas run out of food so they can realize what they are doing and get back to work.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-10 11:13

    Wishing you a full recovery Mr 62 year old.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-10 11:15

    Anarchy and if you ask the goverment on there performance it is a 10 out of 10. Law and Order are respected (what a joke). Lawlessness like this has been happening for the last 10 years. And just say that they must bring in legislation to make unions responsible for there members actions then all the excuses are brought forward not to make this happen, because unofficially this is what the unions see as a tool to get there way

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-10 11:18

    Pissed, if u want to strike, go ahead, but dont involve those who wants to work, Poor old man

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-10 11:18

    Pissed, if u want to strike, go ahead, but dont involve those who wants to work, Poor old man

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-10 11:18

    Pissed, if u want to strike, go ahead, but dont involve those who wants to work, Poor old man

  • jacqui.grigg - 2012-10-10 11:27

    Barbarians. Declare martial law and get it over and done with. Mind you. I have no faith in the SANDF either

  • dlets - 2012-10-10 11:27

    Is it really necessary to set fire on people like this. This is totally ridiculous, not excusable at all's sickening to see human being attacking others in this manner.

  • gail.rieck.9 - 2012-10-10 11:28

    I would NEVER in a millions years re-employ these savages. They deserve to starve.

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-10-10 11:28


  • Badger - 2012-10-10 11:28

    "GREAT" Now can we all please hear from the "comrades" how they feel about this? How burning and killing your fellow mankind has achieved anything besides hurting a wife,a child, an uncle,a brother. ????????? F@#$%^&g BARBARIANS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lskosana3 - 2012-10-10 11:30

    OMG what the f#ck is this?? What is WRONG with these people?? Setting someone alight??? This is too sick to even think about, can't imagine what that poor man is going through :(

  • neilpretorius83 - 2012-10-10 11:33

    I swear if these strikers had to choose between (a) a situation of decent pay and no strikes, or (b) low wages and ongoing strikes, they would choose option B. They just seem to drawn to violence, chaos and unrest. They wake up in the morning with bloodlust and lay their heads down at night planning the next day's violence. Toyi-toying, rolling on the ground, hopping on one leg, waving sticks, whistling, yelling at the world, burning, breaking... even animals aren't this stupid.

  • - 2012-10-10 11:33

    So, who is going to take these thugs to task or is this acceptable behavior for striking persons. Is it regarded "collateral damage" because someone has the the need or responsibility to want to work and earn an honest wage? Sickening to the core of my gut!

  • samuel.weller - 2012-10-10 11:38

    Bloody barbaric, poor man just wanted to do his work!!!!!! Intimidation is back to where it was in the old days.

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-10-10 11:38

    These people are not animals... savages, barbarians yes! but not animals. Just when i think they can't do anything more to shock me, i find i'm wrong! This whole situation is nothing less than anarchy! If Mr Zuma and his cohorts don't do something like.... NOW, they will find that are no longer running this country! There is a "bad moon rising" over the Beloved Country. I pray for a speedy and complete recovery for this poor man

  • Nkosinathi.Sibbs - 2012-10-10 11:40

    Just to understand what is happening just watch David James Manning " a video that will shock South Africa". The pastor says it all not about South Africa but about us as Africans

      gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-10-10 17:52

      Listen very carefully to what Pastor Manning is saying, then more people will understand why this country of ours is going up in flames!!!

  • adrienne.pretorius.1 - 2012-10-10 11:41

    This is SICK and BARBARIC!! Nothing between the ears! VIOlence is always the solution to their problems!! SIES!!!

  • chris.khanye - 2012-10-10 11:42

    When will it end? The man is fighting for dear life, because he dared practice his Human Rights - Right to Work and Associate. And after this carnage, hope they enjoy their ill-gotten reward? Blood money!!

  • michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-10-10 11:56

    How do we expect for any reasonable negotiations to be done with sub-human species who set someone on fire?? These "strikers/truckers" (wonder how many of them are actually truck drivers), are now out of control!

  • colin.langley - 2012-10-10 12:28

    I hope the loved ones of these men, one who died and now one by the hands of so called "Strikers" will sue the crap out of these unions..and i mean take every single damn cent they have!

  • cheryl.vanzyl.33 - 2012-10-10 12:53

    ... where are our leaders? what do they have to say ... and why can we not hear them... right to strike - yes right to violence and intimidation ... not so much ..

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-10 13:02

      They are all sitting in there offices or overseas somewhere living in luxury, shoving there fat faces into expensive foods, drinking expensive whiskys. They will only come back once the country is messed up and say oh we didnt know this was happening.

  • kevin.nicklin - 2012-10-10 13:06

    All these actions prove that there is no fear of the law. Human life is not respected by these thugs. Harsher sentences are required! Even the death sentence may be necessary to deter such barbaric behaviour!

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-10 13:11

    We Must unite !!! TAke Back Our Country!!!! It Belongs To the workers, Not the strikers!!

  • richard.bernardo.982 - 2012-10-10 13:13

    It is time that unions educate their members and if they do not they will become directly liable for inciting violence and any loss of life and property caused by their members - simple as that. A strike is supposed attract public sympathy to the very cause you striking about, in the South African context the opposite is true. Unions should lead the way in showing their members that they no longer have to burn or destroy something or someone to attract attention but rather use the proper channels ie the very union itself...if this cant be done in this manner then unions should cease to exist because they are then irrelevant.