The newly appointed Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, says that unscrupulous transport operators and illegal foreign national truck drivers are to blame for the recent spate of violence.
For local truck drivers, 2019 has proven to be the deadliest and most dangerous period on the roads in recent history. In the last 18 weeks alone, over 200 truck drivers have been subject to violent attacks – some resulting in fatalities – while more than 2000 vehicles have been damaged by illegal blockades, stoning and arson.
Truck attacks wreak havoc on the roads
The nationwide situation has rapidly deteriorated into unmitigated chaos on South African highways, with drivers fearing for their lives every time they get behind the wheel. In an attempt to quell the rampant destruction, government has sanctioned the formation of an inter-ministerial task team, comprising of Transport and Police – the latter, led by Minister Bheki Cele.