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handcuffsNews24 reports that tTwelve suspects, the majority of whom are truck drivers, accused of blocking the N3 freeway on Friday last week, are still behind bars after briefly appearing in the Ladysmith Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The group stand accused of stopping their trucks and blocking the roadway, while also allegedly intimidating other truck drivers whose keys they stole while disrupting traffic. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Kara said the group were charged with contravention of the Road Traffic Act, in particular stopping on the freeway without a lawful cause. The group will return to court on 10 December for a formal bail application. The illegal blocking commenced on Friday morning leading to traffic congestion, and by the afternoon traffic near Van Reenen's Pass was at a complete standstill. Trucks had to be towed out of the roadway before police made the 12 arrests. The blocking of the N3 freeway, a vital bridge between the Port of Durban and inland provinces, has become more regular and violent recently. Gavin Kelly, the CEO for the Road Freight Association (RFA) commented that the transport and logistics industry was being held captive "by those who prefer to work outside the law". In a previous statement, Kelly lamented violence and looting occurred while individuals "have taken the law into their own hands to pull drivers from trucks to check their personal documents".

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kaveel Singh at News24

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