Warning of possible truck protest on Mandela’s birthday

The case between the Positive Freight Solution Forum (PTSF) who are representing truck owners, and the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF) who are representing truck drivers will get underway in Pietermaritzburg High Court on July 18, the same day as Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

The trial is due to the ongoing attacks on trucks and drivers which has lead to the death of several people and caused damage to vehicles and cargo amounting to around R1.2-billion.

The PFSF obtained the court interdict to prevent looting and burning of trucks and the harm to drivers while the ATDF protested against the hiring of foreign truck drivers when South African drivers, who are qualified, remain unemployed.

Neither of the organisations are registered with the National Bargaining Council (NBC).

According to the May 30 interdict, ATDF leaders Sipho Zungu, Cele Khumbulani, Mncebe Sihle and Nkosenye Buthelezi are said to be responsible for the torching and looting of the trucks.

Truck owners were prompted to employ foreigners following Police Minister Bheki Cele’s statement that an analysis should be done to establish if there was a shortage of skilled truck drivers in South Africa.

The association representing truck drivers is planning a national shutdown on July 18.  Driver’s have said that they will abandon their trucks in the event that their lives are in danger.