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.
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.
The damaged trucks are expected to be removed later during the week.
A total of 35 trucks were damaged, including those that were set alight.
Fifty-four people have been arrested in connection with the damage, which included looting.
Traffic traffic on the N3 was diverted to the R103, but parts of the freeway near Mooi River were reopened on Monday morning.