At least 20 had been arrested “in connection with incidents related to protests within the trucking industry,” said southeastern province KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police spokesman Jay Naicker in a statement. KZN province police chief Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula also issued a statement on the violence as two trucker were set on fire. He said they had stepped up patrols. “We are on high alert for those that are resorting to acts of criminality and claim to be protesting,” he said. KZN police added that 11 trucks had blocked the road to Richards Bay Harbour, while in Western Cape province, officials there said a number of protesters blocked roads with their vehicles. “Several roads had to be closed for traffic from early morning due to trucks blocking the road while others were seen offloading sand on the road,” according to a statement from provincial transport minister Bonginkosi Madikizela. Unions speak out South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) did not condone the violence carried out by those who said these foreign truckers were taking jobs away from South Africans. “Whenever there are faceless people calling a strike, there tends to be violence,” SATAWU spokeswoman Zanele Sabela told Agence France Presse newswire. SATAWU… Read full this story
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