TAZ slams attacks on Zambian trucks
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.