Pretoria’s #TruckProtest disrupts city’s traffic (and not in a good way)

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Update, 11.38am: Truck drivers in Pretoria engaged in the strike have seemingly left their trucks, and have boarded taxis and bakkies on their way to the Union Buildings. The trucks have been reportedly parked in Marabastad, Pretoria West.

Traffic as a result is at a standstill in Arcadia, Pretoria East.

Original article: Everyone on Pretoria’s highways are driving well below the speed limit today, largely thanks to a #TruckStrike.

According to reports, the protest was organised by the Coal Transportation Forum in protest against Eskom’s move away from coal for electricity generation.

With that in mind, truck drivers took to most major routes in and out of Pretoria’s CBD, including the N1 from Johannesburg, and R21 from OR Tambo International to take part in a go-slow protest.

The city’s Metro Police have labelled the strike “illegal”.

Motorists weren’t happy either.

Some are advising others to use the Gautrain and alternative transport into Pretoria.

But the Gautrain is also “jam-packed”.

At the time of writing, a vast majority of Pretoria’s inner streets remain congested, but judging by Google Maps, the major arteries of the city are relatively free-flowing.

This is a developing story…

Andy Walker, former editor


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