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ATDF suspends 23 to 28 August 2020 trucks shutdown citing confusion

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The leadership of the All Truck Drivers Forum (ATDF), Allied South Africa (ASA) and SACANTRA has announced the suspension of the trucks shutdown from 23 to 28 August 2020 citing confusion within the organisations.

The organisations, consisting of South African local drivers, made the announcement late on Saturday night informing their members that the trucks shutdown has been suspended and instead the organisations would engage the relevant ministers and departments.

Earlier on, ATDF founder and former chairperson Sipho Zungu distanced himself from the strike and accused a few ‘rogue leaders’ of causing unnecessary confusion.

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“There are some people who want to hijack the organisation and use it for their personal gain. We cannot be calling for shutdowns every month and expect the industry to survive long enough to end up employing all our South African truck drivers.” said Zungu offloading a truck load of sand onto the shutdown fire.

Zungu told SA Trucker that ATDF has not been functional due to lockdown restrictions.

“We are expecting to have our AGM in October, only then will we have plans of the organisation going forward,” he added.

Meanwhile the squabbles in the grouping manifested on social media as ATDF Gauteng secretary Mandla Mngomezulu attacked Zungu on a post by Fleetwatch.

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“Zungu is not a leader of atdf he left earlier this year after he tried to ask one of the big companies to bribe him. We have his letter of resignation and a voice clip of him talking about the bribery issue,” wrote Mngomezulu in response to Zungu’s announcement that the ATDF directors did not approve of the trucks shutdown.

SA Trucker has also learned that Zungu was removed from the All Truck Drivers Foundation Facebook Group by one of the interim leaders.

After several times asking for comment about the truck strike, ATDF Secretary Sfiso Nyathi only responded late on Saturday night by sending the SUSPENSION OF SHUTDOWN notice.

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Suspension of shutdown notice by the ATDF. Supplied by Sfiso Nyathi

The leaders cited confusion amongst members and internally for suspending the trucks shutdown.

ATDF Secretary Sfiso Nyathi and Chairperson Siyabonga Dlamini together with SACANTRA spokesperson Nosenge and Chairperson Daniel Mofokeng signed the Suspension of Shutdown notice.

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Trucking companies and their drivers should remain vigilant at all times. As have been confessed by their leaders, the confusion may still see some members going ahead with the planned shutdown.

Truck strike hotspot areas should be treated as live until it becomes clear that the ATDF members have heeded to their leaders’ call to STOP.

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