Inside the logistics mess that Transnet created
The number of trucks on South Africa’s roads has climbed 48% as Transnet’s ability to ferry goods has evaporated. But with the country now relying more than ever on road freight, an escalation in violence, especially xenophobic violence, should worry everyone
Peter Southwood, who runs haulage businesses Southtrans and Tip-Trans, had been badly rattled by a violent attack on his trucks the night before he sat down to talk to the FM.
“Last night, I had a truck that was [stoned] and the damage is around R100,000,” he says. “I saw on the [truck’s] cameras, the police just stood by doing nothing. I don’t know whether they’re not allowed to do anything, or don’t want to do anything.”..
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