The spate of attacks on trucks and truck drivers in South Africa is not a new phenomenon and has been happening for years. It was also the precursor to the unrest in 2021 in KwaZulu-Natal.
“According to deputy pres. Paul Mashatile and the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, the intelligence services know who is behind the attacks. This raises the question why action is not taken immediately,” says Dr. Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus.
“The impression is thereby created that those involved may have connections with persons in high positions and that police action will expose them.”
Groenewald thinks pres. Cyril Ramaphosa was quick to say that the attacks are nothing but economic sabotage. “This is very serious and would certainly require the strictest action. As usual, the president says the right things, but the action is lacking. I keep saying in my speeches in parliament that impunity is one of the big reasons why crime in South Africa is out of control.”
According to Groenewald, the current situation follows the same disturbing pattern as with the extensive unrest in KwaZulu-Natal in 2021 which also began with attacks on trucks.
“Minister Cele says he knows who the persons are behind the attacks. The FF Plus therefore demands that immediate action be taken before the situation gets totally out of control.”