A landmark case for the trucking industry will be heard in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) on 18 July. According to a TimesLIVE report, the case between the Positive Freight Solution Forum (PFSF), representing truck owners, and leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF), representing truck drivers, is expected to get under way.

The trial comes in the wake of a wave of attacks on trucks and drivers which have left several people dead and caused at least R1.2bn in damages to vehicles and cargo, according to the Road Freight Association.

The issue between the PFSF and the ATDF – neither of which is registered with the National Bargaining Council – is largely related to the hiring of foreign truck drivers, while competent South African drivers remain unemployed.

PFSF recently obtained an urgent interdict to prevent the looting of trucks, the harming of drivers and the burning of trucks.

ATDF chair Zungu said that the organisation was innocent and that the case was critical in voicing the concerns of South African drivers.

‘How can we fight our own people? We cannot ask for jobs and then go and destroy the very same trucks that we would need if we are hired,’ he said.

Full TimesLIVE report