‘We can’t afford a massacre’ – tow truck drivers protest
Matthew Savides | 2017-05-26 09:02:06.0
Protest Action; N2 Northbound to Umgeni I/C; Expect delays
Image by: i-traffic KZN via Twitter
There is a “tense” standoff between the eThekwini Metro Police and tow truck drivers who embarked on a drive-slow on the N2 freeway on Friday morning.
Shortly before 8am‚ the tow truck drivers took to the freeway‚ starting near the old Durban airport site to the south of the city.
Traffic Update due to protest action: N2 Southbound between EB Cloete I/C and Umgeni I/C; Expect delays. pic.twitter.com/3XHkAB0DNE
— i-traffic KZN (@i_trafficKZN) May 26, 2017
They then made their way north towards La Lucia‚ about 30km away‚ where they were expected to stage a protest. It is unclear at this stage the nature of their demands‚ but a police source said the protest was‚ among other things‚ related to low towing rates from the insurance industry.
The drivers were granted permission to stage a march between 8am and midday‚ starting from the La Lucia Mall towards the Umhlanga area. But it appears that they have broken their conditions.
Attempts to get comment from Metro Police spokesman Sibonelo Mchunu were unsuccessful on Friday morning‚ but a senior metro police source said the situation was tense.
“[They’re driving] slightly more than walking pace. [It’s] very tense between metro policemen and them as they’re always armed. Can’t afford a massacre‚” the officer said via text message.
This is a developing story.