Residents take the law into their own hands

Residents take the law into their own hands

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GK CRONJE

2 February 2022

The group eventually saw reason and returned the documentation to the drivers, highly disgruntled.

On Monday, 31 January 2022, a group of individuals loitered in Havenga Road, obstructing the roadway and demanding to see licenses and identity documents from passing heavy vehicle drivers. In what can only be described as an act of lawlessness, these individuals, who are but mere ordinary residents, confiscated the documentation and licenses of foreign heavy vehicle drivers, which are all registered and in possession of work permits in South Africa. These self-appointed lawmen then proceeded to remain in possession of the documentation, and prevented the drivers from continuing on their route. In some instances, they also took the vehicle keys from the drivers under threat of violence. The drivers were also intimidated by the group, and told that they should return to their country of origin.

The SAPS officers on scene attempted to talk sense into the individuals running amok, explaining that it is against the law to act in this way, and that taking the keys from a driver without consent is tantamount to hijacking. The group in question expressed their dismay with the fact that foreign drivers are employed by local companies, instead of using residents of the area. Spartan Team kept a watchful eye on the group from across the road, ensuring that no property is damaged. ACSU was also on scene. The group eventually saw reason and returned the documentation to the drivers, highly disgruntled. No serious incidents were reported during this time.