The IFP is concerned about the burning of trucks on the N3. Violence that took place over the past weekend which resulted in more than 15 trucks being destroyed on the N3 is totally unacceptable.
Economic reports already suggest that the economy of our country has gone down again in the first quarter of 2019. This means more job losses on the already strained economy which stands at 27. 6% of unemployed people in the country. The IFP disagrees with the Truck Owners Associations that truck driving is a scarce skill which warrants employment of foreign nationals in these positions, but also, denounce violence in resolving this impasse.
Violence that has ensued over this matter will only strain relations between South Africa and its neighbours; it will put our economy at risk and will lead to more job losses as more foreign companies will stop transporting their goods through the South African corridor.
- We support the recent meetings of stakeholders which was intended to amicably resolve issues, but urge urgent action on the resolutions taken; And
- We urge government to strictly monitor the labour laws of our country by inter alia, intensifying usage of labour inspectors in private companies to ensure strict compliance with employment regulations prescribed.
Hon Velenkosini Hlabisa
Leader of the Official Opposition in KZN
Contact number: 076 810 7233