Another Cape Town man has been severely injured in an alleged attack by striking truck drivers. The Western Cape Health Department says the man's vehicle was doused with petrol and set alight on the Cape Flats.
This follows last week's attack on Cape Town truck driver Gary Stewart, who suffered a fractured skull when the truck he was travelling in was stoned. He died on Monday after his life support was switched off. Provincial spokesperson, Helene Rossouw, says the latest victim is in a stable condition.
“We have confirmation of a truck driver that was taken up at G.F. Jooste Hospital. He was treated for burn wounds and smoke inhalation. He was in a stable condition last night and transferred to a private hospital,” says Rossouw.
The Road Freight Employers' Association earlier said three unions, including the MTWU had called off their industrial action
Meanwhile the Motor Transport Workers Union has denied that it's suspended its strike in the transport sector. The Road Freight Employers' Association earlier said three unions, including the MTWU had called off their industrial action.
Spokesperson, Nketse Nkadimeng says there are still outstanding issues that need to be discussed before they will sign an agreement.
“We haven't come to the conclusion that we're withdrawing the strike. We don't withdraw the strike. We are committed at resolving the issues at hand. The people that are getting out of this wage negotiations are Professional Transport Workers Union, and Tawusa. We are not involved,” says Nkadimeng.
The main union involved in the truck drivers' strike, Satawu is also continuing with the action. The Road Freight Employers’ Association has accused Satawu of shifting the goal posts. Spokesperson Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht says the only thing that she can comment on is that there was a written advising us that they are suspending their strike action.
All three of these unions were present at our session and were very aware that that correspondence has been sent to us and that media has been even been copied in on it.