The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called for the urgent deployment of the army to the high-risk spots of the N3 in KwaZulu-Natal following the alleged petrol bombing of several trucks, forcing authorities to close the freeway.
In a statement released on 4 June by Steven Moodley, IFP KZN Spokesperson on Transport, the party said “it is time that government regards the torching of trucks as a crisis and intervenes by deploying the South African National Defence Force to effectively deal with those responsible.”
“There is no possible justification for this gratuitous destruction of property and the government must act decisively and deal with those involved. We cannot simply sit back and be spectators while the economy of our province is at risk. The fact that the flow of traffic to and from Durban has been disrupted is testament to the disruption of economic activity. This resulted in delays with trucks headed for Durban and Johannesburg,” Moodley said.
Three trucks were set alight on Monday, while Positive Freight Solutions estimates over 60 trucks have been burnt in KwaZulu-Natal over the last three weeks. Unemployed South African truck drivers angry at foreign truck drivers are believed to be largely responsible for the attacks.
“The IFP reiterates its call for stringent verification of truck drivers especially foreign nationals. The Department of Transport in partnership with relevant stakeholders in the transport industry should also conduct research into the number of immigrants employed in the industry so as to effectively regulate and control it. We also extend our calls to all South Africans to stop glorifying hooliganism and thuggery in our society. We believe that peace and order must be maintained at all times and law breakers must face the full might of the law,” Moodley said.
“The IFP urges employers to work towards speedily resolving the grievances of truck drivers whose main complaint is the employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry.”