Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

Fam­ily fears for trucker injured by strik­ers

- BIANCA CAPAZORIO Incidents · Strike Action · Gary Stewart · Cape Town · Cape Town International Airport

THE fam­ily of a man who was crit­i­cally injured when a rock was thrown at him last week dur­ing the truckers’ strike, says it will be a mir­a­cle if he sur­vives.

Gary Ste­wart, 42, was a pas­sen­ger in a Global Force Trans­port truck trav­el­ling near Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port at about 2pm on Wed­nes­day, when he leaned for­ward to pick up his lunch. The driver of the truck tried to warn him, but as he sat up a brick crashed through the wind­screen and hit his head.

Yes­ter­day Ste­wart’s sis­ter, Michelle Fisher, said her brother suf­fered a frac­tured skull and se­vere brain in­jury, and that pres­sure was build­ing on his brain.

He is in the in­ten­sive care unit at Vin­cent Pal­lotti Hospi­tal.

“They did emer­gency surgery on Wed­nes­day to put a metal plate into his head to fix the bro­ken skull. We were told that the next 72 hours were crit­i­cal, and that ends to­mor­row. We’ll know [to­day] whether we… or the doc­tors need to make de­ci­sions about his care. If by some mir­a­cle he does pull through, he will be dis­abled,” Fisher added.

She and her hus­band, Henry, own the truck­ing com­pany for which her brother works, and Fisher said the at­tack had left her very scared.

Mean­while, strik­ing trans­port unions and the Road Freight As­so­ci­a­tion will be back at the bar­gain­ing ta­ble again on Tues­day af­ter ini­tial talks to end the two-week-long truck strike col­lapsed on Thurs­day.

 ?? PIC­TURE: WIKUS DE WET/FOTO24 ?? IN­TEN­SIVE CARE: Gary Ste­wart
PIC­TURE: WIKUS DE WET/FOTO24 IN­TEN­SIVE CARE: Gary Ste­wart

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