The case between truck owners and driver is set to take place on the 18 of July, at the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
Truck divers represented by the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF) alleges that truck owners represented by the Positive Frieght Solution (PFSF) hired foreign nationals as truck drivers instead of qualified South African drivers, but the PFSF have denied their claims and said they are being victimised.
Following the recent truck torching, the PFSF obtained an urgent interdict that singled out four members of the ATDF leaders, Sipho Zungu, Khumbulani Cele, Sihle Mncebe and Nkosenye Buthelezi as the masterminds behind the torchings.
After the interdict was obtained, Zungu openly denied the allegations by the PFSF and told the media that they must provide the evidence that ATDF members were part of the torchings.
Zungu went on further and said that it is essential that the government pays attention to the facts that they provided which prove that foreign drivers were being employed in South Africa.
Following the battle between the two organisations, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) told the media that they are concerned the two organisations ATDF and PFSF are not registered with the National Bargaining Council and therefore they are illegitimate.
Police Minister Bheki Cele also weighed in on the matter and told the media that an analysis should be done to determine whether truck driving was a skill of which there was a shortage in South Africa, prompting truck owners to employ foreign nationals.
Private investigator Danie Day also told the media that the recent truck attacks meant South Africa risked losing drivers and export partners due to safety concerns.
“The okes are concerned and the drivers have made it very clear that they will abandon the trucks because they cannot continue to work under these circumstances,” he said.
Furthermore, Day said that there is a possible third force behind the attacks but did not elaborate and acknowledged that many in the trucking industry had blamed the ATDF.
Annually the road freight industry contributes about R121 billion to the economy, and the industry’s association has previously said that the violent attacks have cost the economy between R1.2 billion and R1.3 billion.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.