SWAZI TRUCK DRIVERS TARGETED IN DURBAN PROTESTS
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.