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handcuffsNews24 reports that sixty-two people have been arrested as the N3 at Van Reenen's pass was reopened on Thursday after a blockade by truck drivers on Wednesday closed the national route.  

They would be charged with public violence and obstructing traffic, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday.  The blockade on the pass caused a backup kilometres long.  Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Wednesday likened the blockade of national routes to "sabotage".  A provincial department of transport official was sent to the scene to establish what the drivers' grievances were and it was established that the issue was around the employment of foreign drivers at lower rates, raising the potential for exploitation.  The labour department will apparently be asked to look into the matter, which had already been raised by the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu).  The union said on Wednesday its members were not party to the blockade, but it had told its bargaining council about the problem.  Comment was not immediately available from the blockade organisers.  Nzimande is expecting a full report on the blockade and arrests soon.

  • Read this report by Jenni Evans in full at News24
  • Read too, Dozens arrested in protest at Van Reenen’s Pass, at BusinessLive

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