TAZ slams at­tacks on Zam­bian trucks

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION REPORTER

THE vi­o­lence against truck driv­ers in South Africa is not good for busi­ness in the re­gion and to Zam­bia as a land­locked coun­try, says Truck­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Zam­bia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Robert Mtonga.

Mr Mtonga said the as­so­ci­a­tion wanted se­cu­rity and safety of the trucks and the driv­ers to be guar­an­teed.

He said the as­so­ci­a­tion had al­ready com­mu­ni­cated to the South African Govern­ment ask­ing it to help stop crim­i­nals from tar­get­ing ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors in that coun­try.

“As an as­so­ci­a­tion we are in­ter­ested in our mem­bers of our as­so­ci­a­tion who are the own­ers of the trucks, and the wel­fare of our em­ploy­ees who are the truck driv­ers. “The vi­o­lence tak­ing place in South Africa has no place in busi­ness or any­where else in so­ci­ety. We have made it very clear and made a sub­mis­sion to the Min­istry of Trans­port that we are con­cerned and want this thing stopped im­me­di­ately,” he said.

Mr Mtonga ex­plained that the Zam­bian Govern­ment had al­ready en­gaged their South African coun­ter­parts in an ef­fort to de­vise a last­ing so­lu­tion to the prob­lem in that coun­try.

He told the Daily na­tion that they were con­cerned with the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion of the trucks and the driv­ers who have been re­port­edly at­tacked while cargo-laden ve­hi­cles were set ablaze with lit­tle care to the driv­ers’ lives.

He said trans­port was a ma­jor stake in the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try with huge em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the driv­ers, as well as re­li­able tax pay­ers through var­i­ous taxes paid at bor­der points, and toll fees and tran­sit fees.

“And the least we ex­pect from the Govern­ment of South African is safety to our op­er­a­tions. So from that point of view we are con­cerned and have sub­mit­ted our con­cern to the right­ful au­thor­ity. “Can you imag­ine a truck do­ing its sec­ond tri p across the bor­der and it gets burnt? Cargo that should have been de­liv­ered is burnt, de­stroyed,” he said.

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