Truck driver shot in KZN

2012-10-10 11:35

Durban - A truck driver was shot while driving on the N3 near Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said on Wednesday.

The man, in his forties, was hit in his leg on Tuesday night, ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

"After he was shot he drove himself about 10km to the Camperdown police station to get help," Banks said.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the shooting, but could not provide more details as the driver had to be rushed to hospital before a statement was taken.

Banks said the driver was in a serious but stable condition. No arrests have been made. Police were investigating a case of attempted murder.

Cape Town truck driver set alight

In Cape Town, a truck driver was 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 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.

Truck driver Gary Stewart, 41, died after he was struck on the head by stone thrown through the window of his truck last Wednesday. He was a passenger in a truck driving on the N2 in Cape Town. He was declared brain dead and his life support machines were switched off on Monday.

Negotiations in the trucking sector's three-week strike stalled on Tuesday evening.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-10 11:48

    Do like they do in Iraq or afgan, the truck drivers(logistics) carry a big gun and if any one gets hasty...just spray em'!!!

      RManne - 2012-10-10 13:28


      Hendrick Moakamedi - 2013-10-15 10:23

      Disappointing statement indeed!111111

  • Erna - 2012-10-10 11:56

    First of all, these strikers are hooligans. Second of all, the unions are totally responsible - even if it isn't a union member who did this, they are the ones initiating the strikes

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-10 13:08

      Erna if you ask me, the Union can start counting down their days of being in power ! They soon will be a thing of the past and about time.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-10 11:58

    ... and union officials will confirm it wasn't any of their members. Another family to bury a loved one while we have to read about the new roads at Zuma's kraal at the expense of the hardworking tax payer. Well, one less to thief from now, and a nation still bottom feeding. Well done, Mr. President.

  • Jane - 2012-10-10 12:12

    one can not negotiate with savages, they only understand violence, they can not communicate in any other form.

  • jane.jeffrey2 - 2012-10-10 12:15

    The strikers say they have a Constitutional Right to strike. What I would like to know can we take the strikers to the Constitutional Court because they have breached our Constitutional Right to LIFE, safety and security?

  • keba.mothoagae - 2012-10-10 12:24

    Education and upbringing. Once there's coordination between the two then you won't spend the rest of your life working a progress-less job for the rest of your life and behaving like an in-bred mongoloid while somehow expecting your grievances to be noted. Masepa fela.

      rishaal.sewpaul - 2012-10-10 12:36

      im with you.

      Klaus - 2012-10-10 13:35

      a progress less job, exactly, starting your live as Tea Lady, Shelf Packer, Petrol Station Attendant and muddling through live, expecting what ? South African Education system does nothing to stop this pointless exercise. Look no further than the successful German model, such as Apprenticeship,

      Hendrick Moakamedi - 2013-10-15 10:28

      Not all people were fortunate to have good education and job like you do, my brother. It is very disappointing to hear our black brothers making such comments. Maybe you have forgotten where you come from and that is if you were there.

  • carol.brand.5030 - 2012-10-10 12:37

    Its murder, plain and simple. Cry, our beloved country!

  • warren.haskins.14 - 2012-10-10 12:41

    The union leaders must be charged with murder and attempted murder.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-10 13:22

      Dont forget the unions said it is not their members that are doing this.

      Hendrick Moakamedi - 2013-10-15 10:36

      Union leaders are trying to help here! Our people are always intimidated at their work places and therefore they cannot represent themselves to their bosses. Unions are doing good work for our people. It is unfortunate that in every fight consequences become bad. Charging union leaders is something very far from becoming a solution to this problem which i believe the majority of poor, black, South Africans are facing.

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-10-10 12:53

    who is supplying guns to KZN, that province makes Irag look like a pre-school.

      Hendrick Moakamedi - 2013-10-15 10:41

      Have forgotten INKATHA?

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-10 12:54

    Just bring the army in now and shoot these striking truck drivers. They do not care about innocent lives so why should we care about them. Shoot first ask questions later

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-10-10 13:00

    Who's going to be charged for these murders? Somebody better be charged. If Malema insists on laying charges for the deaths at Marikana - I want to see all the families of these people lay charges against the trade unions and the government. Bring in the army and live rounds dammit. These strikers are fighting for increases in their wages, and drawing it out but in the meantime, their 12% increases are resulting in an increased cost of living that exceeds that - which affects ALL of us, them included. Cost of produce, weaker rand - catch a wake up people. This dance is going on way to long.

      Erna - 2012-10-10 13:36

      This is way beyond these ignorant people's brain power Rohin.

      Hendrick Moakamedi - 2013-10-15 10:43

      Maybe a change of government is needed here.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-10 13:21

    Sue the pants off the unions, if they cannot discipline their subordinates then they are as guilty as the person who carried out the terrible deed. When this starts happening we will see some changes

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-10 13:35

      Repeat: The unions say it is not their members doing this. Must be the 3rd force of the apartheid regime.

      riad.mahomed - 2012-10-10 13:51

      @mapepaki: I am 100% with you on this one however, apart for suing the pants off the unions, all the head honcho’s within these unions should be charged with incitement to destruction of property, acts of violence and murder whether or not such criminal activities are committed by their members is beside the point since they have created the opportunity and the environment for these criminal elements to manifest and carry out their despicable acts.

      Hendrick Moakamedi - 2013-10-15 10:46

      Sometimes this misconduct is carried out by criminals who hide themselves withing strikers. Strikers are adults who have families to look after. I still do not believe that they are the ones killing people.

  • Erna - 2012-10-10 13:35

    Didn't our "great leader of all" say something about sending the army out to control the strikers? However, don't really know if they'll be much use, because at the moment the cops are so scared of another Marikana that they stand by and watch these hooligans terrorise innocent people.

  • gerhard.mulder.14 - 2012-10-10 13:57


  • alta.grondein - 2012-10-10 14:37

    Why is the SA flag not hanging half mast now?

  • busicor.nel - 2012-10-10 16:00

    Where is our police in all of this. If we heard of 100rds being arrested this won’t happen. Crime and lawlessness is taking over this nice country of ours. We need more bold protests, we must gather a big group of people and go and sit in front of the gate of his majesty HOMESTEAD, not allowing anybody to work on his HOMESTEAD before something done to protect our mere mortals. No matter your race this is affecting all of us. The unions’ nothing but organized crime in my view.

  • rupert.magande - 2012-10-10 16:43

    what i fail to understand in south africa is this , every year you have what is now being termed STRIKE SEASON , where almost there are strikes in every sector of the economy , retail , transport ,mining and civil servants .This has happened for the last five years unabated , its a known fact that workers at pick and pay , checkers or security guards will strike every year , personally i think this shows that the managerial levels in this country are not up to scratch , how can you as a manager of a company sit year after year knowing that your workers are going to strike before end .Workers strike over the same issues year after year and the managers dont learn , whilst everyone blames the workers , i personaly blame the top managers of these striking workers . If last year your workers wanted a 10% salary increment and you only gave en 6% , what makes you think that this year they will accept an 8% salary increment . no they wont . I believe it makes sense to stagger the salary increments if the companies cant afford a once off increment , if you know your workers would want a 10% increment in june next year , why not increase their salaries say 2% per month until you reach the required 10% . simple

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-10-10 19:01

    if unions can be charged criminal and civil,we will not hear of this horror.march organizers must be responsible as they failed to control its members

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