Trucker injured during strike dies

2012-10-09 10:06

Cape Town - A Cape Town trucker who was declared brain dead after being hit in the head by a stone thrown into his vehicle has died, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Gary Stewart, 41, had been on life support after his skull was fractured and he sustained severe brain damage last Wednesday.

The assistant driver was on the N2 when the stone was thrown through his windscreen and hit the back of his head. Drivers taking part in a national strike by SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union members were thought to be responsible.

On Monday, the family decided to switch his life support off and donate his organs.

Seven trucks were reportedly torched in Cape Town on Monday, in Gugulethu, Khayelitsha and Philippi, as parties continued negotiations.

  • luke.gray.549668 - 2012-10-09 10:17

    enough already!!!! PLEASE send the military to deal with these f*#ckers! These morons are killing both the economy and innocent people.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-10-09 10:21

      Rest in Peace Gary. Sincere condolences and prayers to loved ones, family and friends. And, by the way I agree with your sentiments Luke!

      gustav.kriel.3 - 2012-10-09 10:26

      yoh, these ppl are truly animals! Its not suppose to sound funny, they are just clearly not human!

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-10-09 11:10

      And what is happening about an investigation into his murder? Or is it acceptable because its just a mass of revolting general violent protest action?

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-09 11:24

      Savages! Not even worth being called human!

  • christiaan.dupreez.9 - 2012-10-09 10:19

    Kill these thugs alread! Kill them dead!

  • christiaan.dupreez.9 - 2012-10-09 10:19

    Kill these thugs alread! Kill them dead!

  • christiaan.dupreez.9 - 2012-10-09 10:19

    Kill these thugs alread! Kill them dead!

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-09 10:21

    such senseless death, i saw this on news yesterday and my heart was just sad, we need a leader in S.African someone who can bring law and order, with the current leadership we are doomed. May his soul rest in peace.

  • heini.botes - 2012-10-09 10:23

    The unions should be held accountable and charged with murder, and they should be accountable for all damages done by these barbaric waste-of-skin thugs

  • michelle.merwe.5 - 2012-10-09 10:29

    @glen, everyday I am surrounded by the strikes, I am based right in the middle where the gatherings have been taking place , been dispatched to these events as we are an aeromedical service., and yes there are other "non strikers" that do this everyday,but currently we are experiencing violent protesting, which is a concern,and the loss of a life is a problem, but the potential bread winner of the family is now dead! and that upsets me.

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-10-09 10:35

    The strike organizers/union leaders,MUST be charged with MURDER.

  • whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-09 10:36

    Savagery should be met with savagery. Cover these barbarians with nerve gas and watch all strikes grind to a halt.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-10-09 10:38


  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-09 10:45

    Compared to Marikana I find the unions' silence deafening and also that of the political parties that were so vocal after Marikane. Conclusion one death is OK. Disgusting.

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-10-09 10:45

    Sincere condolence to his family....I'm really livid with these truck driver who have no heart.

  • LeahKnott28 - 2012-10-09 10:47

    I vote for charges of murder, malicious damage to property, illegal violent striking, personal and financial injury and unconstitutional conduct be brought against the Unions. If they want to arrange protests then it is on them to ensure that they are peacefully conducted and have an actual purpose. If they cannot do this then they should be held fully liable for the actions of their members. It is not in the interests of justice to allow this to be regarded as just another casualty of a violent protest, which is in the first place illegal and should've been shut down by government. Justice must be served otherwise we may as well rip up our constitution and declare a free for all. How can you expect to convict other criminals when in cases like this no-one is actually held accountable?

      Andrea - 2012-10-09 14:42

      I have to agree, we live in a country where double standards reign. "peacefully" is not a word they are familiar with, unfortunately. In another (unrelated) article of a short while back some idiot commented on how the masses are "struggling" for this and that and what not "much like Ghandi" ... I rest my case, how can one compare what Ghandi achieved with what is happening now? Maybe somebody should tell the masses HOW Ghandi achieved freedom, although I'm not sure that this can ever be fully understood by the masses. Isn't it so much easier and a whole lot more exciting to plunder and kill? And not to be held accountable for such criminal behaviour, now THAT is the cherry on their cake!

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-09 10:47

    The unions always say that it is not their members doing these things but other criminals, just to escape responsibility. It might be a criminal element taking advantage of this illegal strike, but why? What is in it for the criminal. Do they get anything from it? This puzzles me. I hope these ppl sue the union because if they didn't have this illegal strike, that man would still be alive.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-10-09 10:51

    My respect and condolences to the family, who were left with the option of switching off the life support.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-10-09 10:57


      Notrax123 - 2012-10-09 11:08

      What President, he only has that job to get his hands on the state coffers and stop his crimminal buddies from ending up behind bars.

  • chris.booise - 2012-10-09 10:58

    We need those brave policemen from the mine incident to sort out these criminals.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-09 11:00

    Murdering Bast$%ds - and whilst Law enforcement 'observes' and 'monitors'. Does this country perhaps have a President somewhere who could stand up and apply the rule of Law please?

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-09 11:00

    If it was my brother,you would see satawu members start disappearing. Where is their HQ? You follow their employees home so you can torch it the next day.Run them off highways at high speed and so on. They don't count as humans anyway

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-09 11:06

    Right it is time for the police to use force and live ammo on these barbarians. They do not care about other civilian lives. They must be treated in the harshed way now. You striking drivers are a bunch of brainless idiots. You have taken an innocent life because of your stupidity. I hope you all get punished in the harshed way.

  • mkansig - 2012-10-09 11:06

    we cry with the family of this truck driver , he was trying to bring food on the table to his family . Nd i warn all does who work where other ppl strike to stay away from the road pls . Those guys r dangerous .

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-10-09 11:08

    Shoot the bastards.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-09 11:08

    Thugs and criminals have more rights than the law abiding citizen...why? im looking at one organisation(Not that they organised at all, probably does not even know the meaning).....ANC!!!

  • ivan.vanheerden.3 - 2012-10-09 11:12

    I hope the family is bring a lawsuit against those frikken morons in SATWU. I also hope they laid a charge of murder against the leadership. According to law Unions are liable for damage they cause. Well if that includes murder they should be tried as such.

  • gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-10-09 11:13

    All people of South Africa, we better get down on our knees and start praying. Our country is going up in flames. People are paying with their lives and children must grow up without fathers. This MUST stop now!!! What happened with this innocent man is just unacceptable!!!! RIP Gary Stewart and may God be with the rest of this family.

  • Notrax123 - 2012-10-09 11:14

    The police are failing the people. Law and order does not exist as the law is not being implemented except against soft targets. Police do not take action against certain persons unless told to do so by the presidents office. What a demockery.

  • Uno Jonas - 2012-10-09 11:16

    this is so said, no family have to go through this...

  • martie.lottering - 2012-10-09 11:18

    They must held the Unions responsible for people dying in the strikes!! They must be charged with murder, not the strikers! If they don't call out the strikes nothing of this mess would have happened. They are the persons responsible!!!!!!!!

      butch.poulter - 2012-10-09 13:03

      Totally agree

  • riette.nothling - 2012-10-09 11:19

    I am sick & tired of these morons just breaking down this country and holding all of hostage! They have no logic, causing problems to the already suffering economy, literally taking food out of the mouths of their chilren and millions of poor people!

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-09 11:23

    SATAWU must be charged with murder and destruction of property. They can not control there barbaric members. Bring the army in with live ammo. If they wanna act like barbarians then they must be treated like barbarians.

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-09 11:49

      Its amazing how its never the unions fault. Meanwhile its there members destroying and burning stuff.

      kholekile.dyala - 2012-10-09 18:10

      Don't point your fingers to our president;the strike is betwwen the employer and union .

  • janefrancis.hey - 2012-10-09 11:34

    That poor man had a family and was just doing his job. why, in a country where jobs are scarce are they attacking the poor man feeding his family. he is not responsible for the low salaries - how senseless. Someone has to take control here and bring in the army - then let them throw rocks and see what happens. How stupid that truck drivers striking kill one of their own? Just shows where this country has gone, so terribly sad that we all have to live like this while a bunch of criminals take innocent lives. Grow up and get in the boardroom with effective reasoning to fight your battles, not a truck drivers life.

  • rosemary.vanderlinde.7 - 2012-10-09 12:36


  • deon.meiring - 2012-10-09 12:47

    Sad...very sad!

  • freedom.nation.5 - 2012-10-09 13:06

    the union needs to cover the medical bills. tired of this $h!t. Somebody needs to take responsibility and its only fair if the union is the voice of the people they can be held accountable.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-10-09 13:12


      gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-10-09 13:29


      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-09 13:48

      He is dodging the ankle bites from his young prodigy, the revolutionary party Malema.

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2012-10-09 13:39

    It is time that the public start suing the government. It is their duty to protect all citizens and they are not doing so. They are allowing lawless criminals to kill and destroy everything in their path, while they hide behind the "more pay strikes". I wonder how many of the people taking part in the strikes are actually legitimate workers in that industry!!! My condonlences to the family and friends of Gary.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-10-09 15:12

    We are all in trouble in this country.Only our God can help us.

  • lucille.jeffries - 2012-10-10 09:34

    So agree with this comment "The strike organizers/union leaders,MUST be charged with MURDER!!" They say they not responsible for his murder, PLEASE!!! So far all your strikes have become violent! Other's chose to keep on working to support their families but torching trucks and throwing stones only makes this look bad on you and for that you don't deserve an increase!

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