KwaZulu-Natal companies have hired private security firms to prevent truck looting and disruption to the flow of goods on the N2 and N3 motorways.
Last week parts of the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban were blocked by truck drivers A standstill protesting the employment of foreign drivers.
The blockades caused major delays for trucks transporting goods in and out of the province and the loss of more than R300 million.
< p>Glen Naidoo, head of KZN VIP Protection, one of the security companies, told TimesLIVE on Tuesday that “certain business entities” hired private companies to ensure the smooth movement of goods and the safety of their drivers.
He said he couldn’t reveal the identity of his customers for security reasons.
Naidoo said it was a collaboration with other security agencies.
“D his route is the main route for goods to be distributed from KwaZulu-Natal to other provinces. This has been severely disrupted by truck protests, which have resulted in massive delays and extensive damage to vehicles.
“The private sector has Specialized security forces deployed along the N3 on certain days to ensure smooth operations without delays or disruptions. ”
Naidoo said anti-riot teams were deployed at the Mariannhill and Mooi River tollbooths on the N3, as well as on the N2 between Phoenix and Umhlanga and in Prospecton south of Durban.
“The police have entered into a partnership with security companies. There are security companies that have the equipment and training to deter looting.”
Last week, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry condemned the truck blockades, saying they were “economic sabotage”.< /p>< p>Support independent journalism by subscribing to The Sunday Times. Only 20 R for the first month.