Attacks on long-distance truckers escalating, says Road Freight Association
A truck driver has been killed on the N1 near De Doorns in the Western Cape.
A rock was thrown through the driver's windshield on Sunday morning and saw the vehicle swerve off the road and crash before goods from the Time Link cargo were looted.
Speaking to Pippa Hudson, the Road Freight Association technical operations manager Gavin Kelly says investigations are underway.
Early hours of this morning..— SALTruckers (@SALTruckers) May 12, 2019
Time link cargo driving at De Doorns.. Rock thrown from the bridge hits the steering wheel and driver loses control. Truck looted and in the ensuing stampede driver trampled and has sadly passed away. Other driver injured. pic.twitter.com/6mt4uBAtia
What seems to have happened is that this is due to a protest that is happening in the area due to unhappiness due to service delivery.Gavin Kelly, Technical operations manager - Road Freight Association
Kelly says people steal things such as mealie-meal and cooking oils, and not just electronics.
They take anything that can immediately solve a need or bring an income to them.Gavin Kelly, Technical operations manager - Road Freight Association
The number of incidents has increased in the past 18 months. Innocent trucks are targeted.Gavin Kelly, Technical operations manager - Road Freight Association
He says they have asked the police to intervene and arrest people, but no arrests have been made so far.
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