Truck attacks: Drivers speak at Beitbridge border

Foreign nationals and South African truck drivers have expressed concern about attacks in the industry. eNCA's Lindokuhle Xulu reported from Beitbridge border post. Courtesy of #DStv403

MUSINA - Foreign nationals and South African truck drivers have expressed concern about attacks in the industry.

At the Beitbridge border post, those who are leaving the country say they are relieved to be safe unlike some of their colleagues who weren't so lucky.

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eNCA spent the day at the border post between Zimbabwe and South African to get the perspective of the boots on the ground.

Many drivers refused to speak on camera, fearing for their lives.

eNCA reporter, Lindokuhle Xulu spoke to a driver who agreed to an interview if his identity was protected.

He said the attacks are more than just a labour issue. He says the reason foreign drivers get jobs is that local drivers refuse assignments in the SADC region.

He says they only want to drive locally and be with their families, while foreign drivers are more prepared to make sacrifices.

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While drivers make their way out of South Africa, they say they are not out of the woods yet.

One of them said to avoid being attacked, they're often required to prove their nationality.

On the other side, one South African driver, returning from Zimbabwe, said he fears for his life when he's out of the country.

While he condemns the acts of violence, he said the reason behind them is because of a failed labour system that favours the highest bidders.

An appointed ministerial task team is set to table its intervention plan soon.

*Watch the full interview above

Source
eNCA

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