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A diary noting truck routes, the names of truck drivers and the nature of their cargo was found on one of five men arrested last week in connection with the recent truck violence.
Over 200 people have been killed, 1 400 vehicles damaged and R1,2 billion lost in cargo and infrastructure as a result of the fiery highway attacks on trucks across the country.
The war on foreign truck drivers escalated on Monday as the N3 was blocked at several points as well as the R34 near Richards Bay. A truck was set alight near Howick on Monday, following an attack on a truck on Saturday night ...
The war on foreign truck drivers will continue until they are all gone, the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF) which represents South African truckers, said on Thursday.
The Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) allegedly knew that violent attacks on trucks were possible at the weekend, but did not put enough officers on the roads because of a clampdown on overtime pay.
KwaZulu-Natal is in the grip of an escalating war that has seen long-distance trucks torched and truck drivers being attacked.
The tendency of trucking companies to flout the law by employing only foreign nationals as drivers was one of the reasons causing tensions that led to violent protests, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said.
Truck owners have called on the government to act after another seven trucks were set alight on the N3 between Mooi River and Estcourt in the early hours of Thursday.
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