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newsNews24 reports that the SADC Drivers Association has warned of retaliation if foreign truck drivers are attacked during the planned national shutdown in SA on Monday.

The All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATDF-ASA) plans to embark on a national shutdown on Monday, which is expected to disrupt major transport routes. The ATDF-ASA said the shutdown aimed to save truck driving jobs from being "taken away by foreign nationals". The SADC Drivers Association said it would be observing the shutdown, but "at the same time being proactive by mobilising our structures in the SADC [Southern African Development Community] region to protect our South African-registered truck drivers driving outside South African borders during this period". The association said that, if the ATDF-ASA in South Africa attacked other drivers in the country, its structures in the SADC region would stop all South African-registered truck drivers from moving, to protect their members from being attacked by ATDF-ASA truck drivers. "We are also not going to guarantee the safety to a driver who may move any SA-registered truck in the SADC region if SADC drivers are attacked in SA. We urge our fellow truck drivers in the ATDF-ASA to conduct a peaceful protest against the employers and not to attack fellow truck drivers who share the same grievances, but differ on how to address it,” the SADC Drivers Association indicated. Police warned that lawlessness would not be tolerated during the shutdown.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sithandiwe Velaphi at News24

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