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RFABL Premium reports that the Road Freight Association (RFA) has warned that Durban businesses paying private security teams to guard the N2 and N3 could lead to more volatility.

Fed up with debilitating truck blockades on major freeways, some companies are going that route. It’s a move prompted by last week’s protest action on the N3, an important corridor between Johannesburg and Durban, where truckers parked their vehicles, causing major traffic backlogs, severe delays in the delivery of goods and the loss of more than R300m. Their main gripe was the employment of foreign drivers by transporters. Gavin Kelly, Road Freight Association CEO, said: “It’s very worrying that private companies need to resort to hiring their own security, especially in the manner in which they are ... having well-armed security forces to ensure they can operate their businesses.” He went on to comment: “One understands why they are doing it, but it is not a good thing. That role really rests with the police, whether we like that or not. If something happens and these private security firms take action, what are they going to do? Once the first shot is fired that is going to escalate into something that is going to be very difficult to stop.” Glen Naidoo, head of KZN VIP Protection, one of the companies providing security, said “certain business entities” had hired private firms to ensure the smooth transporting of goods and security of their drivers. He did not reveal the identity of his clients because of safety concerns. Meantime, the government is finalising a policy to help regulate the extent to which foreigners can be employed in SA.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Suthentira Govender at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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