On Friday, 3 December 2021 at approximately 03:00, numerous truck drivers parked their trucks across the N3 Freeway blocking both carriageways.
They then alighted from their vehicles causing traffic to come to a standstill for the entire day. The suspects had taken the keys of some of the trucks rendering them immovable for a long period of time.
Members of the SAPS as well as N3TC and RTI responded and began the process of moving the vehicles that were blocking the N3 freeway.
Various specialised units from throughout the province were mobilized and also assisted in getting the trucks moved out of the road which resulted in traffic beginning to flow.
Twelve (12) truck drivers, whose vehicles were obstructing the flow of traffic and who defied instructions by police officials to remove their trucks were subsequently arrested.
Detectives from the Provincial Investigative Unit took charge of the investigation on the scene and the suspects were charged for contravention of the Criminal Law Amendment Act – Infrastructure contravention, Intimidation, Economic Sabotage as well as contravention of the Road Traffic Act. The suspects will appear in the Ladysmith Magistrates Court tomorrow.
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