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protestTimesLIVE reports that a landmark case for the trucking industry between the Positive Freight Solution Forum (PFSF), representing truck owners, and the leadership of the All Truck Divers Foundation (ATDF), representing truck drivers, will be heard in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 18 July.  

The trial comes in the wake of a wave of attacks on trucks and drivers which have left several people dead and caused at least R1.2bn in damages to vehicles and cargo, according to the Road Freight Association (RFA).  The issue between the PFSF and the ATDF - neither of which are registered with the National Bargaining Council (NBC) - is largely related to the hiring of foreign truck drivers, while competent SA drivers remain unemployed despite having the necessary qualifications.  PFSF recently obtained an urgent court interdict against ATDF leaders and others to prevent the looting of trucks, the harming of drivers and the burning of trucks.  ATDF chairperson Zungu claimed that they were innocent.  The day of the trial is set to coincide with a national shutdown.  In a widely circulated WhatsApp message, truck owners were warned of a looming national strike and that no trucks should operate on the day, which had been billed "Trucking Black Day".  The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) in the meantime expressed its disappointment at the government's decision to engage with the PFSF.  Satawu also called on the ATDF to register with the NBC so it could voice concerns via a legitimate platform.

  • Read the full original of Orrin Singh’s report on the above story at TimesLIVE

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