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Safety of foreign trucks, drivers volatile in in South Africa-Transport Minister

Economy Safety of foreign trucks, drivers volatile in in South Africa-Transport Minister

Government has cautioned Zambian truck owners, bus owners and truck drivers that the current security situation and safety of foreign trucks and drivers in South Africa is volatile.

Minister of Transport and Communications Mutotwe Kafwaya warned that due to the current security situation, the Ministry regrets that on 20th November, 2020, a Zambian Truck driver working for a South Africa based company was shot along the R59 highway in Johannesburg on his way back to Zambia.

Mr. Kafwaya explained that government is observing the re-occurrence of precedent violence, burning of foreign trucks, shooting and brutalizing of foreign drivers.

The Minister urged all Zambian truck owners, bus owners and truck drivers to desist from travelling to South Africa if they are planning to travel until the security situation improves.

Mr Kafwaya added that trucks currently in South Africa park in Safe and Secure designated parking places until the security is guaranteed by the authorities in that country and that all cases of the affected drivers are handled.

The Minister assured that in line with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Transport and Meteorology and the Bilateral Road Transport Agreement between South Africa and Zambia on Security and Safety, the Government of the Republic of South Africa will ensure tight security measures are quickly put in place to safeguard the lives of all Foreign Truck Drivers from Zambia, SADC region and other Economic Community Regions.

Mr. Kafwaya disclosed that the Government under the leadership of the President of Zambia has instructed the Ministry of Transport and Communication, Ministry of Labour, and Ministry of Justice to expedite promulgation of the statutory instrument on minimum wage for truck drivers.

He indicated that the process has reached an advanced stage and will soon publish the proposed SI through a gazette notice after conclusion of all necessary legislative processes.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Imagine, if zambia diasporans in an african country can be treated this way, what more the angry upnd diasporans in europe and america? I cannot begin to imagine the amount of hate and racism they experience there. So I understand when they come here to blog full of hate. It is just a deflection of the hate they endure on a daily basis. I will pray for you all

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  2. Trucks currently in South Africa park in Safe and Secure designated parking places until the security is guaranteed by the authorities in that country and that all cases of the affected drivers are handled.
    Where are these? Has Zambia provided them? Cos South Africa hasnt

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  3. And our coward of a President is off touring and talking off his cadres who have run wild……these are the issues a Head of State should be addressing not running away every weekend from his old wife to play away from home.

  4. I wonder why South African’s hate fellow blacks, what a shame!!! I hope Zambians in that country stay safe and stay away from these areas where this instability is going on.

  5. Safety is not volatile. This is a meaningless statement. This is a misuse of words. It is the situation that is volatile.

  6. ‘Government under the leadership of the President of Zambia’. Another one of those statements that are tautological. Who else is the leader of government?

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