Disgruntled truck drivers have blocked the N3 in Bergville as they protest against the employment of foreign nationals in the freight industry.
Motorists, especially trucks, have been urged to avoid using the route as both lanes in the Bergville and N3 intersection have been closed.
According to the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), truck drivers are obstructing the N3 Toll Route in both directions near Montrose.
Law enforcement has been deployed and are currently monitoring the situation.
“A backlog of traffic has already developed between Montrose and Harrismith and is causing delays northbound (towards Gauteng) at Tugela Plaza,” said N3TC spokesperson Anita Heyl.
Heyl said road users are advised to delay travel to the area (between Tugela Plaza and Harrismith) until further notice.
A member of the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF), representing local truck drivers, said they have had enough with freight companies employing foreign nationals.
“My brother as from now on, we are not backing down on our struggle. We have been patient for far too long. The ministers are playing with us. We can’t be hungry in our own country during the pandemic while these people are having it easy,” said the member.
The protest began on Sunday in other provinces where a group of truck drivers prevented trucks from passing through the N10 national road outside Middelburg in the Eastern Cape.