Transport strike: Ekurhuleni on high alert

2012-09-27 07:45

Johannesburg - Ekurhuleni emergency services were on high alert on Thursday after violent protests by striking truck drivers resulted in people being injured and vehicles being damaged.

"We, together with Ekurhuleni metro police department, are on high alert for any incidents of violence during the truck drivers' strike," said spokesperson William Ntladi.

He said a truck was stoned by protesters in Kempton Park on Wednesday, but no injuries were reported.

In Germiston, on the M2 and Refinery road, protesters stopped a truck with three occupants.

"The two assistants in the truck were hospitalised after being assaulted by the protesters, but the driver managed to escape and opened a case [with the] police," Ntladi said.

The truck was set alight.


About 20 000 workers in the freight transport sector are on strike over wages. Their unions have reverted to a 12% pay demand after rejecting a lower offer tabled by employers on Tuesday.

The Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA) had proposed a staggered increase of 8.5% effective from March, and a further 0.5% from September next year.

Workers embarked on a protected strike on Monday after wage negotiations deadlocked.

The four unions involved are the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu), the Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union SA (PTAWUSA), the Transport and Allied Workers' Union of SA (TAWU) and the Motor Transport Workers' Union (MTWU).

Striking truck drivers also set alight vehicles and intimidated a driver in Cape Town and Durban, police said.

A driver and his two assistants were hospitalised after being injured while trying to escape angry protesters.

The driver collided with a car, then hit a tree.

He sustained serious head wounds. His two assistants were slightly injured.

In Cape Town, striking truck drivers set fire to two trucks in Nyanga.

Investment Solutions economist Chris Hart told the New Age newspaper on Thursday that South Africa might slip into a second recession if the transport strike was protracted.

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  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-09-27 07:50

    EMPD and SAPS: these people are violent, please retaliate with the same amount of force. Whatever it takes as we cannot allow SA to fall into anarchy.

      tracy.musto.7 - 2012-09-27 08:44

      Is News24 aware of the petrol tanker petrol bombed last night near Amabhele (between East London and Stutterheim)? It is still on fire and the N6 is closed off as a result. They can't put the fire out until the fuel has burned out. One of the fuel companies told us that one of their tankers was stoned yesterday in East London.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-09-27 09:31

      nicholaas,please don't drag SAPS to that,the BIG MOUTHED POLITICIANS MUST GO THERE, SAPS has already have a bad name by MARIKANA thing

      toolsie.muis - 2012-09-27 09:36

      The lights in South-Africa are starting to dim......

      jason.children - 2012-09-27 09:49

      @Honorman the police did not get a mad name at Lonmin in the eyes of hard working tax paying south Africans they did a good job.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-09-27 09:56

      jason this is not what the politicians are saying, and also the people of south africa are angry about incompetence of the police

      jason.children - 2012-09-27 10:09

      The politicians are just fronting to try and gain support. As far as im concerned, the cops who shot at that initial charging group were 100% right. What happened on the second koppie was probably morally wrong, but as an ex 9 year reservist i understand the anger following the deaths of those two officers. You can not kill policemen and get away with it. As far as the police being incompetent? well when you lose 1202 firearms in less than two years.............can you really blame the public for thinking so. There are good cops out there, but there are also a lot of useless thugs with little training who are after a quick buck and dont care about fighting crime.......those "police" also deserve a lead tablet and are a disgrace to the uniform they wear.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-09-27 10:32

      jason since you were a reservist for 9 years,did you know that police are painted corrupt because of reservist who wear the same uniform as police,,to prove that hundreds of johanesburg reservist were fired because of corruption,,

      jason.children - 2012-09-27 11:01

      LOL in the days when i worked as a reservist we didn't get paid for working. It was a passion, we gave up our free time to make a difference. And we made a huge difference in the area I worked. But that was just before the elections and then 9 years after. as soon as politics reared its ugly head in I was gone. And so were a lot of other very good guys who made a difference. A few years later i tried joining up in the new area I had moved to. I wont go into too much detail but i have very good training and could be an asset to any station. anyway i tried to join up again and was told that i was too old and came from the old SAPS. BTW im only 38 now. so that was it, the SAPS wont get my assistance. I will protect my family and home. They might as well have just said you are too white. but im a smart guy and read between the lines.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-27 07:59

    Nicolas we are there already bud.

      lisa.staden - 2012-09-27 08:45

      This domino effect is getting out of control. But its in Spain and Greece now too. If one group gets a reaction, whether positive or negative the next group jumps on the band wagon and there we go! I still believe they shouldnt cave into demands and fire the whole dam lot. There are a few people who would love to have the salary that they getting and work for it.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-27 09:14

      ja liav fully agree.its time that the powers that be catch a huge wake up and return south africa to the rule of law. zoomer must stop opening his trap if he cannot follow up with action.

  • mzee.bikwa - 2012-09-27 08:20

    then the Union leaders will say "these are not our members". SAPS must use sjamboks on these hooligans!!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-27 08:38

      9mm live ammo please

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-09-27 09:23

      bikwa please don't involve us,SAPS we have already have a bad name by Marikana thing,so let them kill each other

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-09-27 11:12

      When the police used violence in Marikana, they were condemned. Now there is a call for violence from the police? Consistency with regards to opinions should be considered here.

      bothachristo - 2012-09-27 14:18

      I would say the same as nkosikhonorman, but they are not killing each other but also injuring innocent bystanders...

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-09-27 08:31

    EISH!! Just another day in South Africa. Why do these idiots always have to go out to burn and destroy???? What the hell doe it achieve??? Satawu, PTAWUSA, TAWU and MTWU must be held responsable for all the damages and pay. These strikers do not care about other peoples lives by intimidating and attacking other drivers that want to work. If they wanna act like hooligans then they must be treated like hooligans and the police must use force.

      abram.spamers - 2012-09-27 08:52

      Well the Marikana miners got R2000 and a 22% pay raise... why wouldn't they do it if it works so well? If government lets them get away with it... they will keep doing it

  • faerrab - 2012-09-27 08:35

    Eish the Greeks in Europe are also hooligans and anarchists...

      mcarinhas - 2012-09-27 10:03

      Dude get your facts straight. The Greeks, Spanish and Portuguese are protesting against the government's economic policies. Don’t get the two confused!

  • cyril.laubscher - 2012-09-27 08:40

    The mentality in this country sometimes is shocking why do strikers have to be violent, you demand more money and if you dont get it people will get hurt? You dont want to work for your increase you just want it because every sector is striking. Hope this ends soon people getting hurt is not good

  • ddiener - 2012-09-27 08:46

    where is a suicide bomber when you need one?

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-27 08:58

    Bunch of savages!

  • haveyou.completelylostyourmind - 2012-09-27 09:07

    Violence is only part of the problem. What about the elephant in the room nobody wants to mention? The sense of entitlement pervading ALL spheres of government and the unions adn labour? Whatever happened to "earning" your salary, actually doing something in return for your pay? And doing more or something better to get paid more? And if you don't like what you earn, get a better job or a better skill to earn a better salary? This is how normal free market economies work, but nothing in this country is normal anymore. All you need now is your sense of entitlement, be a union member, and then go on strike every year. Or go into politics. And just how sustainable is a 12% increase year on year? It's fine, milk the cow this year, and maybe next year, but somewhere in the future there will be nothing left for the cash cow to provide. The coffers will be empty, there will be nothing left to loot, and we will end up, like so many of our neighbours, up the creek without a paddle.

  • zane.jacobsen - 2012-09-27 09:28

    let it burn

  • don.frost.581 - 2012-09-27 09:31

    Brainless! And before you bleeding hearts say anything! I am white and therefore unable to find gainful employment! If these clowns don't want the jobs then I will take one!

  • siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-27 09:34

    I saw the truck,totally badly burnt! My question is,how is burning a truck gonna help solve the problem? We South African's must learn that there is lots of other ways to address problems!

  • susan.t.soutar - 2012-09-27 11:19

    Can someone tell me what a "Protected strike" is? Does this give them the right to loot and burn property and injure people?

  • bothachristo - 2012-09-27 14:10

    the unions must be held responsible for their members actions!!! The unions are the ones saying lets strike. they should be held liable for any deaths as well as damages done by the members, then lets see how many strikes there will be

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