Sunday, 24 January 2021
ACTING TRANSPORT, COMMUNITY SAFETY AND LIAISON MEC MSHENGU MONITORS POLICE DEPLOYMENT AMID REPORTS OF A LOOMING TRUCK PROTEST IN KZN
Acting KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mr Kwazi Mshengu accompanied by the police top-brass visited truck depots in Durban and other hotspot areas this evening to assess the effectiveness of police deployment amid reports of a looming truck protest action.
Earlier today, MEC Mshengu said all law enforcement agencies in the province are on high alert to avert any possible disruption to traffic and protest action on our provincial and national corridor. He added that police have developed a comprehensive tactical enforcement plan targeting key hotspot areas.
“We are visiting all the truck stops around Durban to ensure that all systems are in place following intelligence reports which indicate that there may be possible disruptions in our highways and major transport routes in the province as a result of complaints by truck drivers. We are satisfied with the level of preparations and the security plan that has been developed. We can confirm that all our law enforcement agencies are on high-alert and there will be no one that will be spared if they transgress the law. We want to send a strong message to all truck drivers who may want to disrupt our national routes that all law enforcement agencies will act decisively,” warned MEC Mshengu.
MEC Mshengu reiterated that government has developed a robust plan of action and embarked on a process to address the challenges facing truck drivers through the road freight and logistics inter-ministerial task team that was set-up. This task team is comprised of all government departments relevant to the issues raised by truck drivers. Already progress has been made, including sustained enforcement operations aimed at addressing issues of compliance in the freight industry.
MEC Mshengu will continue to monitor police operations throughout the province to ensure that the law takes its course.