SWAZI TRUCK DRIV­ERS TAR­GETED IN DUR­BAN PROTESTS

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VI­O­LENT protests mainly tar­get­ing long-dis­tance trucks reared its ugly head again on the N3 be­tween Mer­rivale and How­ick in the KZN Mid­lands late last Thurs­day night and in a so­cial me­dia voice note.

A man said that the protest was against all for­eign­ers, mainly Swazis and Zim­bab­weans, tak­ing lo­cal South African’s job op­por­tu­ni­ties in all work­ing sec­tors. The mes­sage also said truck driv­ers were un­happy about those do­ing cross bor­der driv­ing

The N3 North­bound had to be closed but the roads were re­opened to mo­torists after the in­ter­ven­tion by the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Po­lice Pub­lic Or­der Unit in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing.

There were also protests in the R617 be­tween How­ick and Bos­ton near Mpophomeni.

On Face­book, Michael Wright posted on the SA Long Dis­tance Truck­ers page that a tanker was set alight on the N3 pass How­ick near exit 99. He re­ported large ex­plo­sions in the area.

The cause of the protest was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. The KZN Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son depart­ment, the po­lice and Road Traf­fic In­spec­torate did not re­spond to me­dia queries.

In April last year, vi­o­lent protests oc­curred at the Mooi River Toll Plaza that re­sulted in the burn­ing of 35 trucks. Trucks were also looted. (IOL).

A truck driver called in Dur­ban last night said he was in hid­ing and had in­formed em­ploy­ers that he would only re­turn to work once the sit­u­a­tion nor­malises but was also con­tem­plat­ing re­turn­ing home to Luve. He said he was not in touch with other Swazis as most of them were also ly­ing low con­ceal­ing their iden­ti­ties.

A num­ber of the Swazis are opt­ing to marry South African women in or­der to fast track the ac­qui­si­tion of cit­i­zen­ship pa­pers.

IN SMOKE: This is one of the trucks that was burnt and the driver is a Swazi.

ON FIRE: A truck car­ry­ing goods was burnt last Thurs­day on the N3 high­way be­tween Mer­rivale and How­ick in the KZN Mid­lands.

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