Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services

The wrecked shells of long-haul trucks were being cleared on Monday morning after violent protests along the N3 freeway near the Mooi River toll plaza on Sunday night.

The protests started early afternoon on Sunday, after a group of people began throwing objects on the N3 freeway and set some trucks alight.

Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services

According to reports, the violence was apparently in response to the employment of foreign nationals as truck drivers.  In a tweet, SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said "unscrupulous bosses" should be blamed instead: 

According to Morné Venter, Car Towing Services, the trucks are moved to the side of the road to clear the freeway for traffic. 

Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services


The damaged trucks are expected to be removed later during the week. 

Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services

A total of 35 trucks were damaged, including those that were set alight.


Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services


Fifty-four people have been arrested in connection with the damage, which included looting.

Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services


Traffic traffic on the N3 was diverted to the R103, but parts of the freeway near Mooi River were reopened on Monday morning.

Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services
Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services


Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services
Photo: Morné Venter, Car Towing Services
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