Yesterday, the Zambian embassy in South Africa advised Zambia drivers against driving into South Africa.
See below ;
URGENT TRAVEL ADVISORY TO SOUTH AFRICA
…..the Mission would like to advise all Zambian Truck Drivers who are sheduled to travel to South Africa between 1st and 4th September NOT to do so until security is guaranteed.
Pretoria-Monday 26th August, 2019.
From 1st to 4th September 2019.
The Zambia High Commission in Pretoria South Africa has observed with concern reports of some Zambian Truck Drivers being threatened with Violence following a planned National wide work stoppage by the South African Truck Drivers.
According to the information made available to the Zambian MISSION, some Zambian Truck Drivers have faced physical attacks and threats from their South African counterparts who are fighting for better condition of services from their employers.
So far, a notice from unidentified Association alleging to represent South Africa Truck Drivers have been issued calling for national wide work stoppage among South Africa drivers from 2nd September.
It is with this background that the Mission would like to advise all Zambian Truck Drivers who are sheduled to travel to South Africa on the mentioned date not to do so until security is guaranteed.
The Mission would also want to advise Zambian Truck Drivers who will enter or would be working in South Africa on the 2nd of September 2019 to park their Trucks in safe and secure designated places in order to avoid loss of life and property.
The Mission has in the past engaged Department of International Relations DIRCO on the safety of Zambian Truck drivers and assured the Mission of tight security Measures that the South African Government were putting in place.
First Secretary Press and Public Relations,
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa,
Mrs Naomi Nyawali.