Truck driver strike turns violent

2012-09-26 18:59

Johannesburg - Officials said on Wednesday that striking truck drivers set alight vehicles and intimidated a driver in separate incidents in Cape Town and Durban on Wednesday.

Three people were hospitalised, said eThekwini metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi.

A driver and his two assistants were injured when they tried to get away from striking drivers on Wednesday afternoon, said Msomi.

The driver tried to drive away from the protesters, but collided with a car before smashing into a tree.

He sustained serious head wounds, while his two assistants were slightly injured. The three were taken to hospital.

Msomi said the strikers had converged on Pinetown after about 500 had earlier staged a peaceful march through the centre of Durban.

Isolated protest incidents were reported earlier in the morning in the city's harbour area and southern industrial areas prior to the march, but there were no arrests.

The pay strike by more than 20 000 workers in the freight transport sector continued on Wednesday.

Unions reverted to a 12% pay demand after rejecting a lower offer by employers on Tuesday.

In Cape Town, striking truck drivers set alight two trucks in Nyanga, Cape Town police said.

"Two trucks have been burnt. One was a municipal truck and the other was delivering medicine," said police spokesperson FC van Wyk.


Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA) spokesperson Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht said the situation had not changed since Wednesday morning, with no further meetings scheduled between unions and employers at this stage.

On Tuesday, workers rejected the RFEA's proposal of a staggered increase of 8.5% effective from March, and a further 0.5% from September next year.

The RFEA represents the labour interests of around 650 companies, from small operations to vast regional companies.

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

The four unions representing workers were 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).

Earlier on Wednesday, Satawu spokesman Vincent Masoga said the union would step up the strike in the road freight transport sector in a bid to get the employers to the negotiating table.

"All parties have reached a deadlock and none of them are participating in any talks at the moment," said Masoga in a statement.

"We will use this opportunity to mobilise all our members and encourage them to unite in a clear purpose of putting as much pressure as possible for the employers to revert back to the negotiations table."

Masoga said the union intended to "ignite" other strikes in the maritime and freight rail industries, in solidarity with the current strike, to ensure no goods were moved until the road freight workers' demands were met.

He said Satawu remained confident that their marches would be peaceful.

  • amandla.whereto - 2012-09-26 19:05

    Arrest them all and throw them in jail, there is a big difference between a strike and a riot, this is a riot. If unions cannot prevent their striking members from rioting during so called strikes then striking should be illegal!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-26 19:21

      Good point...

      acm.munro - 2012-09-26 19:34

      Do you know what is very strange? Our prez Zuma wanting to change the United Nations, but ignoring what;s happening in South Africa!!!

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-26 19:46

      @acm - not strange at all. When 10 people were murdered at Marikana he ignored that too and continued chatting in Mozambique for 4 days after the fact. What is ironic is that he's addressing the UN on settling disputes, peacefully.

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-09-26 19:57

      If any SINGLE striker is seen to be seen carrying a weapon at the very commencement of the strike, the strike should immediately deemed illegal and the strikers disbanded straight away with force. Enough of this cr@p in this country.....It is only going to get worse, not better! Zuma must GO….!!!

      vivien.jefferies - 2012-09-26 20:10

      After throwing the violent strikers in jail...Fine the Unions as well.

      ndumiso.ndlovu.752 - 2012-09-26 23:14

      why not throw the employer in jail for paying a black man so little and see if a black man will strike again

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-09-27 00:44

      The black man will always find something to satisfy his lust for destruction. That is who you are.

      amandla.whereto - 2012-09-27 05:45

      @ndumiso - if you throw the employer in jail then there will definitely be no further strikes as the company would close down and there would be no wages to dispute.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-27 06:50

      And the unions sued..

  • oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-09-26 19:07

    A strike should never be an excuse for violence. Arrest these savages...keep doing so until every striking worker learns to protest in a civilized manner

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-26 19:43

      The Marikana strike set a very bad precedent for future strikes. It guaranteed that all strikes will now turn violent. Fire the lot, there are many people in the country who would be too happy to work for the salary offered.

  • braamc - 2012-09-26 19:09

    Savage behavior getting a trademark, funny that

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-09-26 19:11

    Well done to the country leaders. They have successfully taught the people that violence gets results.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-26 19:24

      Absolutely right. Marikana showed that too - that was a big mistake. But besides, you cannot unteach what has been taught.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-09-26 19:43

      All 50 million ?? What percentage do you summize ??

  • zulu.utanga - 2012-09-26 19:12

    Just another day in ZOO Africa

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-26 19:22

      Hey Zulu, not regretting the decision to move to the zoo?

      zulu.utanga - 2012-09-26 19:39

      Hey Christelle My real name is Yusuf:) Actally I am soon moving back to eritrea I can not take it anymore Christelle humans are not meant to live in zoo, I am not only doing it to safe my own life but also my future children, Eritrea has a brigth and prosperous future and once again I am going to live among civilized people, our capital Asmara is according to the UN one of the worlds most safe cities we actally sleeps at night with open doors in Asmara its that safe. I know white south africans used to do that before 1994......

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-09-26 19:41

      The only Zoo here is you as you are caged by your Black inferiority complex..... You have indoctrinated into thinking your Land is a Zoo...Pity Pity. Another lost Individual.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-26 19:56

      Hey Yusuf - what you are saying is true, and it does not have to be like that - but we are really sitting with a huge problem of people not taking accountability and the blaming everybody for everything is going just beyond ridiculous. I agree that we still need to change a lot in SA - but it cannot be achieved like this. If the government were serious about true economic change, they would spend less time on their own personal economy......For the past about 18 months there has been NO reports about actual change, constantly about government officials involved in underhanded money issues. The don't give two s$%ts about the people!!! And the worst attrocity of all is that they are hellbend on keeping their people uneducated. So so sad

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-26 19:58

      Zapadela, believe me that he has not "black inferiorty complex" Stop smoking Durban poison - it kills brainsells.

      zulu.utanga - 2012-09-26 19:59

      Zapadela Actally I dont suffer from anykind of inferiority complex towards white people Thats why I achieved the same things in life as many white south africans. I have enough personal experiences from South Africa to call it a zoo.

      oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-09-26 20:09

      zulu is right. I grew up in a place that doesn't exist anymore...a place where you could play in the streets, forget to lock your door at night and know that the suspicious noise outside is nothing more than a cat. Zulu, I hope you find peace back home! I will be looking for my own very soon

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-09-26 20:18

      Don't waste my time on the Religion or Fallacies for that matter......Off with you.

      zulu.utanga - 2012-09-26 20:49

      Christelle The average black south african is too un-educated to vote, thats why they keep voting for this loser government and South Africa will keep failing until honest leaders takes the leadership that seems un-realistic and thats why the future of the country is dark! and news24 deleated my funny comment about how De Kleark was not president of a nation but a zoo keeper! I guess the truth hurts! Oscar Long gone are the days where South africa was the role model of the developing countries

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-26 19:12

    It has been allowed before without consequences. Why should the behavior now suddenly be regarded as unacceptable? The ANC has a lot to anwer for.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-26 19:27

      And then we had the absurd decision by the ConCourt that you may not take a life in defense of property! As if possessing property is a sin! Property and other physical assets are often the PRECISE reason why many are not yet dead. They and their dependents. Human rights? All in favour of it but dammit, we need some commons sense as well. Don't apply it to take away the reasonable common sense protective measures we should be allowed. NOT the pie in the sky nonsense some in their safe state or elite private security are enjoying.

  • Cameron - 2012-09-26 19:16

    And then one striker will get hurt and then the public will turn against the mean, harsh authorities! All of you that defended he last strikers, please enlighten me on how you would deal with this bunch of hooligans??

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-09-26 19:19

    To the 1% of pathetic strikers completing criminal acts..... This is what is expected of you however the other (99%) innocent viable workers and unfortunately race will be rolled into one category, This will follow in future posts as is the modus of operandi at N24. Try a different approach , however I suspect these Pratts stoning vehicles are just unemployed opportunist taking advantage of the current situation. I suggest every worker in RSA except Top Management should be paid 300% more to ensure the preferred society & Environment is created.

  • Armand - 2012-09-26 19:19

    "and the other was delivering medicine" I hope one of those striking bastards get sick and need some medicine!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-09-26 19:34

      "Classy" for a female.....Where's your Heart ?? or understanding of the Reality of RSA today. The RSA work-force is way underpaid.

      alex.marshall.944023 - 2012-09-26 19:44

      Zapadela, that is not excuse to be violent, destroy property and threaten others. Yes, people have a right to strike but they also have the right NOT to. And behaviour demonstrated by striking workers of late are robbing non-striking workers of that right. Where are their hearts and consideration for others. Why should violent people exhibiting criminal behaviour be afforded any sympathy at all?!

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-26 19:47

      @ Armand - today they burnt the truck carrying medicine, tomorrow they burn the hospital because it has no medicine. Go figure!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-09-26 20:07

      So all 172 of these Individuals cause all this animosity ?? What about the other 99% Strikers' with legitimate gripes whom are abiding the Law ?? Be sure that less than 1% of the Drivers are completing criminal acts.

  • keith.recore - 2012-09-26 19:21

    after reading story finishes w/ Satawu confident marches would be peaceful, apparently burning vehicles is considered peaceful?? who knew!

  • Erna - 2012-09-26 19:26

    'Ignite' other strikes is a really unfortunate way of describing this!

  • asdhasgd - 2012-09-26 19:35

    Lets just give them permits to destroy everything and demand ANYTHING they want cause they are entitled so much from this country. I've got something for ya. +n+(?_?)+n+

  • danie.strydom.7 - 2012-09-26 19:40

    Why is this even a surprise? The African way, let's burn it. This is a historical fact when you consider the cultural heritage. Where is all the great inventions, and creations made in Africa? Can't make, just break.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-26 22:58

      Or rename it!

  • - 2012-09-26 19:43

    Soon we will have complete anarchy. Zooma has taught everyone that jail is a temporary stopping point, and that accountability is a long word that no one needs to heed. Well done ANC... welcome to the the product of your ineptitude and incompetence

  • karoo.gypsy - 2012-09-26 19:44

    Solve it all with violence.......the legacy of the ANC! and by doing it impoverish the nation! Very clever indeed! What a bunch of idiots! ( White and Black)

  • - 2012-09-26 19:46

    Why do these strikes always have to turn violent? Because there are no consequences, and they get away with all the damage and mayhem they cause.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-26 22:51

      The violence is genetic. They can't help themselves.

  • nelia.liebenberg.1 - 2012-09-26 20:08

    The Government stopped rail transport, resulting in heavy duty trucks causing deteriotation on public roads, resulting in higher toll fees and taxes. This kind of job creation is costing the country more money than it is receiving in revenues. Bring back rail transport and take the brutish truck drivers of our country's roads.

      andrew.arde - 2012-09-27 09:15

      They didnt stop rail transport, they are just hugely inefficient so clients currently prefer the reliability that road transport provides. If they could get it right, with no BS tender fraud in setting up the correct all means, it is the way to go, however we all know the ANC of today!

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-26 20:09

    Remove the middle between employer

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-09-26 20:32

      NO more Labour Brokers...Why hasn't the Government outlawed this legal Slavery trader ??

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-26 22:53

      @zapadela ~ You don't like the pay .... leave! You don't like the job .... who forced you to do it? Get a life bat.

  • starchyme - 2012-09-26 20:13

    From the visions given to EG White: The trades unions will be one of the agencies that will bring upon this earth a time of trouble such as has not been since the world began.--Letter 200, 1903. {Country Living 10.2}

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-09-26 20:41

      Starchyme, you seem to capitalise (just like Malema) on the situation to push your belief.

      paulus.deboer.3 - 2012-09-26 23:24


  • starchyme - 2012-09-26 20:13

    From the visions given to EG White: Labor Troubles.--Through the working of trusts and the results of labor unions and strikes, the conditions of life in the city are constantly becoming more and more difficult. Serious troubles are before us, and for many families removal from the cities will become a necessity. {AH 136.4}

  • starchyme - 2012-09-26 20:14

    From the visions given to EG White: For years I have been given special light that we are not to center our work in the cities. The turmoil and confusion that fill these cities, the conditions brought about by the labor unions and the strikes, would prove a great hindrance to our work. Men are seeking to bring those engaged in the different trades under bondage to certain unions. This is not God's planning, but the planning of a power that we should in no wise acknowledge. God's word is fulfilling; the wicked are binding themselves up in bundles ready to be burned. {Counsels on Health 273.2} We are now to use all our entrusted capabilities in giving the last warning message to the world. In this work we are to preserve our individuality. We are not to unite with secret societies or with trades unions. We are to stand free in God, looking constantly to Christ for instruction. All our movements are to be made with a realization of the importance of the work to be accomplished for God.--Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, p. 84 (1902).

  • starchyme - 2012-09-26 20:15

    From the visions given to EG White: The trades unions and confederacies of the world are a snare. Keep out of them, and away from them, brethren. Have nothing to do with them. Because of these unions and confederacies, it will soon be very difficult for our institutions to carry on their work in the cities. My warning is: Keep out of the cities. Build no sanitariums in the cities. Educate our people to get out of the cities into the country, where they can obtain a small piece of land, and make a home for themselves and their children. . . . {Country Living 10.4}

  • starchyme - 2012-09-26 20:16

    From the visions given to EG White: The work of the people of God is to prepare for the events of the future, which will soon come upon them with blinding force. In the world gigantic monopolies will be formed. Men will bind themselves together in unions that will wrap them in the folds of the enemy. A few men will combine to grasp all the means to be obtained in certain lines of business. Trades unions will be formed, and those who refuse to join these unions will be marked men.--Letter 26, 1903. {Country Living 10.3}

  • starchyme - 2012-09-26 20:16

    From the visions given to EG White: These unions are one of the signs of the last days. Men are binding up in bundles ready to be burned. They may be church members, but while they belong to these unions, they cannot possibly keep the commandments of God; for to belong to these unions means to disregard the entire Decalogue. {Country Living 11.4}

  • starchyme - 2012-09-26 20:17

    From the visions given to EG White: These unions are one of the signs of the last days. Men are binding up in bundles ready to be burned. They may be church members, but while they belong to these unions, they cannot possibly keep the commandments of God; for to belong to these unions means to disregard the entire Decalogue. {Country Living 11.4}

  • starchyme - 2012-09-26 20:17

    From the visions given to EG White: The labor unions are quickly stirred to violence if their demands are not complied with. Plainer and plainer is it becoming that the inhabitants of the world are not in harmony with God. No scientific theory can explain the steady march of evil workers under the generalship of Satan. In every mob wicked angels are at work, rousing men to commit deeds of violence. . . . {Last Day Events 23.3} The perversity and cruelty of men will reach such a height that God will reveal Himself in His majesty. Very soon the wickedness of the world will have reached its limit and, as in the days of Noah, God will pour out His judgments.--UL 334 (1903). {Last Day Events 23.4}

  • starchyme - 2012-09-26 20:19

    From the visions given to EG White: The trades unions and confederacies of the world are a snare. Keep out of them, and away from them, brethren. Have nothing to do with them. Because of these unions and confederacies, it will soon be very difficult for our institutions to carry on their work in the cities. My warning is: Keep out of the cities. {CL 10.4}

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-09-26 20:25

    This country is full of criminals..

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-26 22:09

      I think we have more criminals in this country than we we have good guys. I mean,,,check out our leader?????????????

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-09-26 20:36

    SA is in chaos and the ANC is falling out of a Boeing

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-26 21:07

    Cosatu should by any normal legal rules be sued out of existence for the mind numbing destruction their members cause...but strangely the voices of Vavi and the leadership are silent whilst their Unions unleash anarchy.The whole f...g bunch should be ashamed of themselves.This is treason on a massive scale!

  • ditebogo.mojapelo - 2012-09-26 21:23

    Good day all\r\nExcuse my ignorance but why are all these people striking? Of which it ends up in violence. Are the labour laws in SA really just bad or is something wrong with our people.\r\n(21 yr old UJ student)

  • philip.keeling.7 - 2012-09-26 21:31

    I drove over one of these thugs today, hopefully he will learn from it HA HA HA HA...........

      ndumiso.ndlovu.752 - 2012-09-26 22:45

      those people are fight for a better life you stupid white fool

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-26 22:51

      @Philip ~ Hope you squashed him flat like the cockroach he is.

      Morne - 2012-09-26 23:16

      Nice one Phillip, hope you remembered to reverse and run him over again? Next time aim for ndumiso....

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-26 21:50

    Marikana set a president what's about to happen in this country. A dumb criminal leading the lawless masses into anarchy. Sh@t is going,,,and will happen!!! SAPS step in now, and stop this madness.

  • zulu.utanga - 2012-09-26 22:18

    South Africa was like a zoo run by a powerful gatekeeper ( de klerk). The gate keeper had servants working under him.( Mandela) One day some servants got fed with the gatekeeper and decided to oppose him. The gatekeeper used his chains to beat off the servants disloyal to him. The gatekeeper greatest fear was not the servants opposing him but the wild animals locked in the cages. The servants in their final throw of dice decided to sabotage the cages and broke open the locks. Seconds later wild animals have been set loose killing everything. The servants were finally over joyed. The wild animals have come to their rescue. Now they too can become gate keepers. Hooray The gatekeeper was gone at last. Until they realised the truth. The truth which only the gatekeeper understood. These wild animals were truly wild. And they instantly turned on everyone including those hapless servants. In the end the wild animals have assumed total control over the zoo. The story of south africa summed up in 100 words or less

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-26 22:27

      Well said sir. Snake eating its own tail.

  • adair.cross - 2012-09-27 05:41

    Strikers were throwing stones off bridges on to the highways yesterday.Whilst this was happening I counted 10 Metro cops stopping cars on a random quiet suburban street checking for licenses etc.Never missing the opportunity to generate income in the form of tickets.They should have been patrolling highways.

  • sarel.seemonster.925 - 2012-09-27 05:59

    @ndumiso.ndlovu.752. Now that's typical brainless jak thinking. Throw the employer in jail??????. Company closes doors, no more employer to run the company. Next thing the black man will strike because he has no job. What a bunch of backward idiots we have here.

  • chris.phago - 2012-09-27 06:40

    I think we r a violent society cos everything we need as workers or community we must use valance so that we can be heard\

  • mimoons24 - 2012-09-27 06:54

    @ndumiso.ndlovu.752 if the Black man doesn't like what he is earning ..improve yourself and get a better job and stop complaining and been Needy.we all work hard some of us and our parents(whites) earn far less and still make do..and do not go on rampages and violent behavior to improve our selfs.

      Jean-pierre Charl Bronkhorst - 2012-10-03 13:30

      4 u to say that is wrong.Because our white driver also bemnefit of the black striker.I would know i was one.

  • paul.davids.923 - 2012-09-27 07:51

    iam not surprised at all that the strike turned violent , all following the Marikana incident..

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-27 07:57

    Ja zulu very true what you say there the only problem is after the caged animals kill overything who is going to manage them,normally they get shot,what did Mr Cele say,shoot to kill.Unfortunately your thinking is typical,live for today,stuff tomorrow.Oh and with freedom comes responsibility but to you okes freedom means destroy,just look north and around you.

  • toni.falletisch - 2012-09-27 08:57

    Animals ,put them in cages where they belong.

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-09-27 09:12

    Strikers will continue to do what they want because there is no consequence to their actions. Union bosses just say that they condemn the violence and that’s it. It’s about time we start billing the unions for any damage caused by their strikes.

  • Archie22is - 2012-09-27 12:55

    Clearly there is a lot of things wrong with black people...

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-27 13:13

    do we really need to lose other people's lives before these violent truck drivers' protests are met?

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-27 13:15

    black white khaki pink or whatever,is not the issue here.protesters must protest peacefully and their voices must be heard

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