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N3 protest drivers to appear in court

Twelve truck drivers who allegedly blocked the N3 Freeway close to Van Reenen’s Pass on Friday have been arrested and are anticipated to appear in court this week.

KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson, Brigadier, Jay Naicker stated that the 12 truck drivers have been arrested after they’d blocked the N3 freeway and refused to obey the police orders to take away their automobiles. The truck drivers had blocked the N3 freeway carriageways to Johannesburg and Durban from round 3am in the morning.

“They then alighted from their  vehicles causing traffic to come to a standstill for the entire day. The suspects had taken the keys of some of the trucks rendering them immovable for a long period of time,” Naicker stated.

Naicker stated law enforcement officials in addition to  N3TC officers and Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) visitors police had responded to the scene of the truck blockade and started the method of transferring the automobiles that have been blocking the N3 freeway. 

Police arrest defiant truck drivers

“Various specialised units from throughout the province were mobilised and also assisted in getting the trucks moved out of the road which resulted in traffic beginning to flow,” Naicker stated.

“Twelve truck drivers, whose vehicles were obstructing the flow of traffic and who defied instructions by police officials to remove their trucks were subsequently arrested,” he stated.

Naicker stated that detectives from the SAPS Provincial Investigative Unit had taken cost of the investigation on the scene of the truck blockade. 

“The suspects were charged for contravention of the Criminal Law Amendment Act – Infrastructure contravention, Intimidation, Economic Sabotage as well as contravention of the Road Traffic Act,” Naicker stated.

The suspects are anticipated to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrates Court on Monday.

Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly had earlier known as for the police to take swift motion to arrest and detain the instigators of the continuing blockades.

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