Truck Drivers to embark on a nationwide shutdown tomorrow. A nationwide strike against all trucking companies to remove non-South African drivers and replace them with local drivers.
While some South Africans trend #WeStandWithSATruckDrivers on social media.
They said they obeyed the nationwide strike call in order to halt the movement of Trucks around the country to protest the discrimination of South African drivers,who are being replaced by foreign drivers.
They claim that South African companies choose to employ foreign drivers over citizens and say they make up about 90% of the workforce.
There are reports of some roads being blocked around the country as a result of the protest and some pockets of violence against those who are not complying to the protest.
An unemployed Truck Driver Michael Mashinini who hails from Port Elizabeth complained that he was unemployed due to Truck companies choose foreign drivers over South Africans.
Mashinini said that he had to joined the strike to call on government to compel truck owners to employ more South Africans.
Meanwhile, an interdict has been granted against the truck drivers who are threatening to shut down the country with a nation wide strike on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted an interdict against the planned strike, restraining the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF) and its secretary general Sifiso Nyathi from organising, encouraging or inciting any protest action or “national shutdown”.
The publication reported that it had received an email calling for the shutdown, though it did not reveal the source.
The email reportedly read: “In Eastern Cape alone, there are over 500 qualified truck drivers who are unemployed while the industry employs over 90% of foreign truck drivers. The citizens have received support from over 1 000 truck drivers nationally who will not drive any trucks from 7 July in solidarity with the unemployed.”
SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) deputy general secretary Anele Kiet reportedly distanced the union from any sort of shutdown.
In September 2019, striking truck drivers set trucks alight in Durban, but unions distanced themselves from the protest action
The planned truck drivers strike that was scheduled to commence today (7/06/20) has been interdicted. Here is the order from the High Court of South Africa