South Africa: Concern On Violent Protests

Crime scene in White City Section of Kwathema township. “It is alleged that a group of people wanted to attack a shop owned by a foreign national. The landlord came out to rescue the shop owner. He warned and threatened the group of people that were outside his yard. A fight ensued when he saw that he was overpowered he took out his licensed firearm and started shooting randomly. The 35-year-old suspect was traced, arrested and detained at Kwathema SAPS,” said a police statement.
5 September 2019

The Portfolio Committee on Transport has expressed concern with the violent nature of the protests in the transport industry.

Several Trucks have been vandalised and set alight in the past two weeks in several provinces throughout the country.

"Transport is the backbone of our economy, safety on the roads ought to be guaranteed at all times. All stakeholders in the transport industry must come together to resolve the crisis," committee chairperson Mosebenzi Zwane said in a statement, on Wednesday.

Zwane said the protest action could impact negatively on the public transport industry and the South African economy.

The committee has condemned any form of disorder, violence and vandalism on the roads, although it understands the concerns raised by truck drivers.

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