Zille worried by violent strikes

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has condemned the violence that has marred the ongoing truckers strike.

Cape Town fire fighters put out the burning truck at Afrox in Epping on 3 October 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Wednesday admitted she was worried about the violent nature of the ongoing truckers strike.

At least 29 vehicles have been stoned and torched across the province since workers embarked on industrial action over two weeks ago.

One truck was petrol-bombed at a shopping mall in Nyanga earlier on Wednesday.

Another vehicle was stoned on the N2 near Borcheds Quarry.

Zille said she has met with the Police Ministry to discuss the ongoing violence.

"The level of violence in strikes and in various forms of protests in South Africa is horrific and completely out of place in a constitutional democracy."

Meanwhile, South Africa's former ambassador to Argentina warns if the current wave of industrial action is not dealt with urgently, foreign investors will be driven away.

Tony Leon addressed the Cape Town Press Club in Newlands earlier on Wednesday.

He says the ongoing strikes in the country could become a red flag for investors.

Leon warns it may cause doubts about the country's ability to effectively deal with labour disputes.

He also questioned why government and trade unions failed to take decisive steps to deal with the issue.

Leon says South Africa cannot afford to lose foreign investment.

Truck drivers are demanding an 18 percent wage increase over two years.