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Minister Thulas Nxesi condemns truck driver road blocks

South African Minister Nxesi from the Ministry of Employment and Labour has stated that truck drivers are once again blocking national roads. Their demands range from improved working conditions to protests against the employment of foreign nationals and issues relating to professional driving permits.

"This propaganda being witnessed by the trucking industry must be stopped and treated as the sabotage and staged crime that it is". It intends to cause disorder that the country does not require. What the truck drivers are doing is an affront to the entire South African community and should not be taken lightly"; Minister Nxesi stated. “These types of acts also result in the loss of life. The lives lost are far more important than any economic sabotage.”

According to Minister Nxesi, President Ramaphosa has mandated an Inter-Ministerial Committee, led by Nxesi and comprised of Ministers Mbalula of Transport and Motsoaledi of Home Affairs, as well as affected stakeholders, to address the concerns raised by truck drivers and small truck operators. This IMC has been working hard to address these issues, holding a number of consultations with stakeholders such as truck driver representatives and small truck operators.


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