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bladenzimandeANA reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Monday condemned the blocking of the N3 highway in Van Reenen and Tugela Plaza by protesting truck drivers.  

On Sunday night, drivers used their trucks to cordon off the highway, causing traffic congestion and forcing motorists to use alternative routes.  Four trucks were impounded and four truck drivers arrested.  The road was cleared by early Monday morning.  Nzimande last Friday met the leadership of the local trucking industry in Durban to hear the challenges facing the sector, which has embarked on random protests since last year against the hiring of foreign nationals at lower wages.  "This unfortunate (latest) action by truck drivers is not in keeping with the letter and spirit of our meeting held this past Friday, where I met with the leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation and the National Truck Drivers Association to address challenges facing South African truck drivers.  This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers," Nzimande said.  He indicated that the parties to the meeting had agreed to constitute a team led by his department, incorporating other departments including home affairs and labour, as well as the bargaining council and drivers' representatives.

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