West Cape News (Cape Town)

South Africa: Third Truck Burnt in Khayelitsha

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Stiking truck drivers in Johannesburg loot a milk truck: The truck driver's protest has been accompanied by serious provocations, intimidations, public violence and even elements of criminality.

Another delivery truck was set alight in Khayelitsha next to Town Two yesterday allegedly by striking South African Trade and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) truck drivers who are demanding a 12 percent wage increase.

Two trucks were set alight in separate incidents in Cape Town on Wednesday.

A delivery truck of medication to local clinics was petrol bombed in Nyanga's Emms Drive on Tuesday and another flat-bed truck carrying a skip was set alight on Klipfontein Road near Crossroads.

Yesterday the delivery truck from Premier Food in Epping was attacked in spine road after returning from delivering food to Makhaya Cash Store.

The truck driver Ntsikelelo Mkheto, said, a group of man stoned the truck.

"I tried to stop the truck because they were throwing stones at us. When I stopped three of them came in front, they asked us if we were not aware of the strike. Before we even answered they throw petrol at the truck and set it alight. Others were at back so that we won't turn back. I could not see how many were they are, they burn it then run away on foot," he said.

Mkheto said he was aware of the strike but his bosses at work told them that other companies are not on strike.

Another man who was in a truck when it was set alight almost got burn when he turned and tried to retrieve his jacket.

"The fire started on my side. We were three. The driver first jumped, when I grabbed my jacket I got burned on my arm. It's painful," said the man, who declined to give his name.

Calls to Satawu offices remained unanswered.

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