AUBBTA distances itself from truck drivers’ strike

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The cross border transport organisation, African Unite Borders Bus Trucks Association (AUBBTA) has distanced itself from the strike by truck drivers. Drivers are protesting against companies employing more foreign nationals than locals and have threatened to blockade most major roads.

Chairperson of African Unite Borders Bus Trucks Association, Phumudzo Mukhwathi says, “We’re not going to embark on a protest- because you’ll remember that our association- we’re not local only, we also represent even cross-border trucks, and busses within the SADC region. It was going to be understandable if they are saying only trucks which are driving local- they must not generalise to say all the trucks, because this is going to affect the trucks within the continent- and from our point of view we are objecting, and we’re not going to be part of that protest- because this is going to fuel the violence such as xenophobia.”

AUBBTA Chairperson Phumudzo Mkhwathi on the reasoning behind not supporting the national truck driver strike  

Truckers Association of South Africa President, Mary Phadi on the expected impact of the truck driver strike