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ATDF seeks EFF support to get rid of immigrant truck drivers

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Truck driver organisation, All Truck Driver Foundation(ATDF), has called on Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to support them in their bid to force companies to fire foreign nationals driving trucks and employ only South African citizens.

ATDF’s Mandla Mngomezulu said this during the EFF’s march to Eskom on Friday morning adding that his organisation supported the march.

“Eskom is not complying with labour laws. Most of the time, some companies are employing foreign nationals. As ATDF, we are asking even the EFF to support us so we can reduce unemployment,” said Mngomezulu.

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Mngomezulo added that the foundation was calling on Eskom to give tenders to complying companies.

He added: “You see, all these trucks coming here are owned by black South Africans but not being given tenders [by] Eskom. Only two companies are operating in Mpumalanga. We are saying Eskom [must] give tenders to companies which are owned by black [South Africans] because this Eskom belongs to South African citizens.”

Several coal trucks were used to block roads in Sandton during the EFF’s protest action against Eskom.

The party is protesting against load shedding and the privatisation of the troubled power utility.

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On Friday morning, several trucks blocked Katherine Street ahead of the march to Eskom’s head office at Megawatt Park.

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said there was heavy traffic in Sandton and advised motorists to stay away from Grayston Drive, Rivonia Road and Witkoppen Road until 15:00.

Minnaar said law enforcement agencies were monitoring the march.

The African Transformation Movement (ATM) is also joining the march. It supports the protest because it too has concerns about Eskom.

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