"It's not just 50 000 jobs" say truck drivers

"It's not just 50 000 jobs" say truck drivers

Coal truck drivers are demanding that President Jacob Zuma withdraw his directive that government make use of more independent power producers.

Truck drivers protest
Photo: Maryke Vermaak

Spokesperson for the drivers, Mary Phadi, says the protest concluded without any incidents.

More than 200 trucks brought the capital's highways to a standstill as they moved to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum of demands this morning.

Affiliates of the Coal Transporters Forum say a move towards alternative power sources will lead to a reduction in the need for coal - something that could see many of them lose their jobs.

"It's not just the drivers who will be affected, it's also going to be the people from the wash bay. They look after their parents and their grandchildren. All those people won't have food. It's not just 50 000 jobs, it's more than 50 000 people who will be without food," says a driver.

They have now given government 21 days to respond, but have been told they will receive feedback within 7 days.

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