Johannesburg - Johannesburg metro police on Tuesday advised
the public to stay away from the CBD as thousands of striking truck drivers
were expected to march to nearby Braamfontein.
"The public, especially motorists, are advised to stay
away from 10am until 2pm as we expect more of the strikers to join the
march," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.
A memorandum would be handed to the transport and freight
bargaining council in Braamfontein.
The marchers were gathering at Beyers Naude Square. Most of
the streets along the march route, including Simmonds, De Korte, and Eendracht
would be closed during the march.
Gauteng provincial traffic officials, the SA Police Service
and metro police would keep an eye on the event.
"We expect more of them today and we are ready for the
march," Minnaar said.
Road Freight Employers' Association executive officer,
Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht said negotiations were expected to resume on
Truck drivers wanted a 12% salary increase while employers
had offered 8.5% for next year then another 0.5% the following year.
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