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Dozens of striking truck drivers arrested, recovery of trucks ongoing

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Police have rounded up truck drivers involved in the blockade of the N3 freeway at Van Reenen Pass from the early hours of Thursday morning.

Earlier on, Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said the police would investigate the incident that saw the busy freeway being closed for hours.

“Police and other departments are on scene and attempts are being made to tow those vehicles that are causing a blockage,” Naicker said.

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“The police will be investigating this matter and we’re quite confident that the perpetrators will be traced and arrested at a later stage.”

As at 13h30, non striking SA Truckers caught up in the unprotected strike, sent in images of the perpetrators being rounded up and arrested by the police.

The police could not immediately confirm how many truck drivers were arrested.

Dozens of striking truck drivers arrested, recovery of trucks ongoing
The police could not immediately confirm how many truck drivers were arrested. Photo: Supplied

Tow trucks had started to remove trucks abandoned by the striking truck drivers.

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 Dozens of striking truck drivers arrested, recovery of trucks ongoing
Tow trucks had started to remove trucks abandoned by the striking truck drivers. Photo: Supplied

The protests are allegedly being driven by the All Truck Drivers Forum Allied South Africa (ATDF-ASA) who are protesting about the continued employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry amongst other reasons.

The blockade is clearing up but motorists should expect delays as the recovery of abandoned trucks continue.

Blockade clearing
The blockade is slowly clearing up. Photo: Supplied
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