N3 truck driver protest

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Eight truck drivers arrested for blocking the N3 Toll Route

Eight truck drivers were arrested in Harrismith after they refused to remove their trucks from the N3 highway on Tuesday. The suspects will also be charged with public violence.

N3 truck driver protest

Photo: Twitter

Eight individuals were arrested by the Free State police for allegedly contravening the National Road Traffic Act by preventing road users from freely using a national road by blocking it with their trucks on Tuesday, 26 October.


The N3 blockade outside Harrismith, Free State started on Monday night, 25 October, at approximately 23:30, according to the police.

A group of truck drivers blocked the national road and demanded to meet with Minister of Transport Fikile Mbabula, said South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele.

The truck driver protest began because South African truckers are concerned about the use of drivers of different nationalities in the country. A similar blockade protest took place on the N9 and N10 highways in the Eastern Cape on Monday.

“On Tuesday, 26 October 2021, police were mobilized to attend to the situation. Negotiations were conducted between the police and truck drivers who were warned to remove the trucks so as to allow other motorists to use the road,” said Makhele.

The police said negotiations with the truck drivers were unsuccessful and the truckers were ordered to remove the vehicles that were blocking the road near Swinburne within 30 minutes.

The truck drivers did not heed the warning and walked away from the trucks with their keys in hand.

“The police exercised their powers as guided by law and effected arrest on eight people. In the process the towing services assisted in successfully removing the trucks that were blocking the road as to allow free flow of traffic,” said the police spokesperson.

The eight arrested truckers are expected to appear before the Harrismith Magistrate’s Court on charges related to the National Road Traffic Act and public violence imminently.