The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, has asked dissatisfied truck drivers to be patient with their concerns about foreign nationals. The Minister says that the government is in contact with stakeholders in the freight industry.
Drivers on the N3 section in KwaZulu-Natal and the N12 in the North West suffered heavy traffic losses this week due to truck drivers protesting against the employment of foreign nationals in the transport sector. Both roads have been reopened to traffic.
At a press conference in Pretoria, Mbalula stated that his department understands the situation of the truck drivers and that they share the drivers’ concerns that they will work to address.
“They have to work with us because when they close the roads, they are disrupting the road system and the country’s economic activities,” Mbalula said.
The Minister added that he had met with various stakeholders, including the Ministry of Labor and Employment and the Interior, to discuss the complaints of the protesting truck drivers, as well as the slow pace of implementation of interventions agreed in previous discussions on these issues.
“We believe we are on the verge of reaching an agreement on the planned intervention. “Tuesday’s talks were behind previous talks where the government kept stakeholders confidential about the measures that are being taken to address the issues that have been raised before,” the minister explains.
Follow-up is expected on Sunday, June 19.
This week, we continued our communication with the truck driver until late on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, and we believe we are on the verge of concluding an agreement on the planned intervention. image.twitter.com/HCkqU5rCnw
– Ministry of Transport (@Dotransport) June 16, 2022
Mbalula urges dissatisfied truck drivers to be patient with foreign nationals – SABC News
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