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Family of murdered KZN truck driver left reeling

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Durban – An Ixopo family is mourning the death of a father and breadwinner who was senselessly killed in Alberton during the recent wave of truck attacks in South Africa.

Busani Dlamini (45) left his home in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal last Sunday headed to work.

The following day, he was shot in Alberton in eastern Johannesburg. His truck that he had driven to Polokwane and back was also burnt.

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His lifeless body was found by the police when they attended the scene of a burning truck.

Dlamini was a married father of three whose family described him as peaceful. He had promised to spend more time with them this festive season, something he’d struggled to juggle because of work commitments.

Dlamini lost his life while several others were seriously wounded or threatened in separate incidents.

Another man was reportedly shot and burned but information about that attack is yet to be verified.

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Dlamini’s brother, Leornard told Eyewitness News he did not deserve to die the way he did.

“He was a breadwinner; he was like a father to us. We were the only remaining members of our family; our families have passed on.”

Dlamini’s close friend and colleague, who spoke anonymously, said truck drivers were working in constant fear.

“I am very scared, even now, I don’t know what to say. I can’t even sleep. Everyone is scared to drive on the roads.”

The ongoing attacks are believed to be linked to calls for the trucking sector to hire only South Africans.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele, meanwhile, said at least 25 people have been arrested in the last few weeks.

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