Watch: Truck Drivers Protest Against the Employment of Foreigners in South Africa

A group of angry truck drivers have blocked the N3 in Bergville as they protest against the employment of foreign nationals in the freight industry.

Motorists, especially trucks, have been urged to avoid using the route as both lanes in the Bergville and N3 intersection have been closed.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele confirmed that around 30 truck drivers had parked their trucks on the N3, “closing the road totally”.
“They are demanding to see [Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula].

Their main grievance is foreign truck drivers being allowed to drive trucks in the country. The drivers are peaceful and just standing around.

No acts of violence have been reported,” he said.
Makhele could not confirm who was leading the protest.

The protest has been causing extensive traffic backlogs between Montrose and Harrismith, as well as delays northbound towards Gauteng at Tugela Plaza.