PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pretoria, 23rd June,2018
Zambia has issued a second travel advisory alert issued to truck drivers and transporters entering South Africa.
The advisory alert follows reported fresh wave of sporadic attacks on foreign registered trucks driven by foreign nationals.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba says truckers and truck drivers should remain alert and follow security protocols issued by the South African government
He said it was cardinal that truckers should always use highways as they were well secured with high police presence and where regular highway patrols were conducted.
Mr. Mwamba said he has been assured by the South African government of intensive security measures that have been established which included police presence at boarder and crossing points and toll gates on all major highways.
He has also called on Zambian truckers to avoid using routes which were experiencing picketing, protests or demonstrations of any kind in order to save lives and goods.
Mr Mwamba noted that trade between the two countries would not be disrupted as the government of the Republic of South Africa had assured of stringent security and safety measures.
About six Zambian registered trucks were recently caught up in seperate local violent protests
The six trucks were petrol bombed in that country following violent protests that erupted in Limpopo and Kwazulu Natal provinces, however, no lives were lost in the attacks.
Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa