JHB man in ICU after being attacked allegedly by striking truck drivers

As the truck drivers strike continues, a Johannesburg man on Tuesday described to Eyewitness News how his...

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As the truck drivers strike continues, a Johannesburg man on Tuesday described to Eyewitness News how his son was severely beaten allegedly by drivers who joined the mass action.

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said 85 percent of its 65,000 members across the sector were taking part in the strike demanding a 20 percent wage increase over the next two years.

It expects numbers to swell as the strike gains momentum.

Amid concerns around violence and intimidation courier, Malcom Armstrong is in an East Rand hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after being attacked near <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Emperors<placetype w:st="on">Palace on Monday.

Wally Armstrong said doctors believe his 35-year-old son was attacked with a range of makeshift weapons.

“He was very badly beaten. The doctor said there was evidence that he was hit by bottle and they believe there was some metal used,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong said the men fled on a train moments after the assault, “I know that we will not catch them because they just got on the train and went wherever they went."

The young man’s father said he and his family are very concerned about his condition and Malcom may need reconstructive surgery after the attack.

Meanwhile, there were concerns on Tuesday morning about the safety of non-striking truck drivers following incidents of intimidation and violence in and around <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><?xml:namespace prefix="u1"?><city u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on">Johannesburg. Satawu’s Zenzo Mahlangu denied that the union was responsible for stoning vehicles in the CBD.

“It is not Satawu, there are a number of unions that are on strike,” said Mahlangu.

Striking truck drivers flexed their muscles in the Johannesburg CBD on Monday, stoning cargo vehicles and intimidating other drivers.

A <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><city u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on">Johannesburg man, who was driving in the CBD, said he jumped out of his bakkie when he saw the strikers heading towards him.

“Everyone was scared because they were hitting innocent people,” he said.

A meeting is scheduled between unions and the Road Freight Association (RFA) on Tuesday morning.