Over the past 18 months or so, foreign truck drivers in SA have been shot at, stabbed and had their vehicles stoned and petrol-bombed. The attacks have cost the economy about R1.2bn and claimed more than 200 lives — at least four of them this month. This is according to Human Rights Watch, the Road Freight Association, and the International Cross-Border Traders Association (ICTA).

But apportioning blame for the violence — which has centred on foreign drivers and trucks belonging to companies that are thought to employ them — has proved difficult...

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