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Truck strikes put police on high alert

A total of 35 trucks were damaged in the road freight strike that started two weeks ago.

Striking truck drivers march in the Johannesburg CBD. Picture: Taurai Maduna

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police on Sunday continued monitoring hot spots where trucks were previously torched and stoned as part of a wage strike by road freight workers.

No incidents were reported this weekend but the total of trucks damaged since the start of the strike two weeks ago stands at 35.

Wage talks between trade unions and the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) collapsed for the second time this week. 

Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said they are patrolling highways and manufacturing areas.

Mokheseng said 22 people were also injured during the unrest.

“Even though the situation seems to be calm following Friday’s incidents, where five trucks were set alight in Ekurhuleni.

“Working hand in hand with South African Police Services we will continue to monitor and patrol hot spots.”

The workers are demanding a 12 percent increase.