The KwaZulu-Natal trucking fraternity got caught in a continuing wave of violence that engulfed the province at the weekend. The KZN authorities are endeavouring to lower the degree of confrontation and bring the rival parties to an agreement on the issue.
On Monday, the nationwide truck protests got into full swing as numerous trucks were heavily damaged in suspected arson attacks around the country.
On Sunday, following the “rumours of the nationwide shutdown,” KwaZulu-Natal transport, community safety and liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda urged the citizens who were involved “to be patient and not embark on actions that result in the damage of property”.
At least 20 persons have been arrested in KwaZulu-Natal in connection with the truck violence activities since Sunday.
11 suspects were placed under custody at Richards Bay by the SAPS on accusations of obstruction of traffic and public violence. Those arrests followed the road to the Richards Bay harbour shutdown.
In Durban, the same day, four suspects were apprehended for possession of an unlicensed firearm with 15 rounds of ammunition.
On Monday, the police reported about the other five suspects arrested at Estcourt near the Shell Ultra City. They were positively identified in an arson attack case.
The conflict originates from the last court hearings at the Pietermaritzburg High Court when PFSF sought a high court order against ATDF to stop them from harassing, threatening or assaulting truck drivers or causing damage to the trucks.