The South African government on Wednesday (16 May 2018) assured Zambia on the safety of truck travelers traveling to that country following increased attacks.
Six trucks from Zambia were burnt in two separate incidents in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces in recent weeks, resulting in Zambia authorities raising concerns on the safety of its citizens in South Africa and asking the authorities to do more to quell the attacks.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba said South African authorities have assured the truck drivers and transporters traveling to that country of safety.
The Zambian envoy said the assurance was made during a meeting he held with South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, according to a statement released by the Zambian embassy.
Safety measures have been put in place at highways, borders while toll plazas have been secured and have now been given a higher security presence, he added.
Mwamba further said roads and highways international truck drivers use will also benefit from increased police patrols, adding that suspects who burnt Zambian trucks in both incidents have been arrested and arraigned before courts.