Cape Town – Operation Dudula Movement in KwaZulu-Natal has reportedly reiterated its calls for businesses in the transport industry to refrain from employing foreign national drivers following the Pongola horrid crash that claimed 21 lives.
The movement is a nationwide campaign committed to rooting out undocumented migrants and putting South Africans first.
Following the horrific crash, Operation Dudula provincial task team condemned the accident and vowed to follow up on the incident with the company of the truck that was involved in the accident, reported TimesLIVE.
“As Operation Dudula in the province, we want to get contact details of these families and the company (of the truck in the accident), and follow up on this matter. From there we want to visit the families and see how we can make whatever donation to assist the families of the victims,” the report quoted Mfanafuthi Dumakude, provincial chairperson as saying.
Dumakude said that according to the information they have, the driver of the truck was an undocumented foreign national and that the movement will be engaging companies to only employ South African.
“We have to make sure the company responsible for this accident must pay. If there are court cases to attend, we will be there in support of the victims. We can’t let this vanish in thin air like other similar incidents that were hot topics for a while then died down later, as happened with people who killed others in Phoenix during the July 2021 unrest,” he said.
Among the deceased were 19 children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.
The truck driver gave himself over to the police on Saturday after he reportedly fled the scene of Friday’s accident, The Witness reported.
Transport MEC Sipho Hlomuka said the driver’s behaviour was unacceptable, News24 reported.
“It is clear that the truck driver violated all the laws in the book. This is the kind of behavior that is causing fatal crashes and it is unacceptable. The driver must face the music and we will be monitoring developments in this case,” the report quoted Hlomuka as saying.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe