Calm restored to East Rand after truck attacks

Calm has been restored to major roads on Gauteng’s East Rand after attacks on truck drivers.

Trucks caused chaos on the R24, near the Barbara Road turn-off, while trying to avoid striking drivers on 2 October 2012. Picture: Craig Gellin via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Calm has been restored to major roads on Gauteng's East Rand on Wednesday following incidents of intimidation and attacks on truck drivers.

At least four trucks have been attacked since Tuesday, allegedly by striking truck drivers.

The South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) is meeting with the National Bargaining Council to negotiate a 12 percent wage demand by workers.

Some 22,000 workers have been on strike since last week Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said they are still patrolling the area.

"It is relatively quiet. Old Vereeniging Road is still closed to traffic between Potgieter and Bosworth roads."

Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department confirmed that no strikers were found on Grayston Drive in Sandton.

According to officials, the reports could be a hoax.