South Africa assures Zambian Truck Drivers and Transporters of Safety-Mwamba

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Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba speaking whilst flanked by his counterpart South African High Commissioner to Zambia Ms. Sikose Mji during the South Africa Trade and Investment Mission to Zambia Meeting at Cresta Golf View Hotel

The South African Government has assured the Zambian Truck Drivers and Transporters travelling to South Africa of Safety.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mr Emmanuel Mwamba was assured in a meeting held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation DIRCO in Pretoria.

Mr Mwamba said, safety Measures have been put in place at highways, borders and Toll Plazas have been secured and have now been given a higher security presence.

He said the roads and high-ways international truck drivers use will also benefit from increased police patrols.

In the meeting Mr. Mwamba also expressed concern that the perceived rising feelings against foreign nationals, especially Africans in South Africa required urgent attention and coordinated efforts by all to avoid loss of life and property.

Mr. Mwamba said he was comforted to learn that suspected perpetrators who burnt the trucks have been arrested in both incidences and have been arraigned before courts.

On two separate incidences, protesters burnt trucks in Kwazulu Natal and Limpopo province in which 6 Zambian trucks were caught up and burnt to ashes.

The most serious incidence occurred when over 30 foreign trucks were burnt or damaged, near the Mooi River Toll Plaza on the N3 Freeway in Kwazulu Natal.

In this incidence, the South African Police Service (SAPS) arrested 54 people involved in the violent protest.

Another incident occurred near Groblersbrug near Bostwana- South African border where 3 Zambian trucks were burnt by angry protesters five people have since been arrested by the Police.

The five suspects appeared in the Phalala Magistrate court on charges of Assault and Malicious damage to property

Mr Mwamba Further Confirmed that the attempt by the Five suspects to appeal for release from Custody on bail was denied by the Polokwane High court and are expected to appear back in court on 31st May 2018.

He has advised however, that truck drivers should endeavour to avoid routes or areas where protests or demonstrations are reported or occurring.

He Mentioned that his office will continue to monitor the situation.

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    • Again Lusaka Times failed to answer a simple question. WHAT ARE THEY PROTESTING ABOUT? Why are they doing this? What are they angry about? What are their reasons, grievances, complaints? Does anyone know, please?

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  1. South African illiterates are not far away from the small brains of the cadres of HH especially the online ones.

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