POLICE ARREST OVER 50 PEOPLE LINKED TO N3 TRUCK TORCHINGS

JOHANNESBURG – Police have arrested over 50 people who were involved in a violent protest on the N3 highway on Sunday night.

Both directions at the Mooi River toll plaza, many trucks were torched, 18 were looted during the protest which forced the close of the busy highway.

The demonstrations started overnight, there are some unconfirmed reports that protesters opened fire with live rounds at police.

N3 is the main highway connecting Johannesburg to Durban, the highway is particularly busy over long weekends.

The Transport Department’s Kwanele Ncalane said,  “Due to the truck drivers’ protest against the employment of foreign nationals and our view is that this is a labour matter, this is a labour dispute, it can’t be taken to the streets. And we should not be allowed to affect other road users and infringe on the rights of others. That’s why we condemn it in the strongest terms.”

Photo Credit- Berea Mail

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