Gayton McKenzie, the mayor of the Central Karoo district in the Western Cape, has vowed to protect the town’s trucks.
Mayor Gayton McKenzie plans to protect his town’s trucks
“We’re going to make sure West Beaufort truck drivers are safe,” said MacKenzie, who vowed to end sail cutting for freight trucks in the town.
“One of the main things that has given this wonderful town a bad name is stealing or cutting off the sails of trucks, and this has been going on for many years.”
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“We have met with SAPS and we are committed to ending this once and for all,” said a determined MacKenzie.
The pledge came after a gang member was arrested for such crimes.
“Sergeant Olyphant single-handedly arrested one of the gang members and he will soon take out the others. We disagree here. Let this be a warning to all of you by declaring war on the truckers to this Small towns bring a bad name and this holiday season we will protect our trucks,” he further said.
Why Truck Drivers Need Protection
The commitment is also likely to be boosted by the major construction of the R4.5 billion logistics center which will see a significant movement of trucks in the near future.
McKenzie announced the logistics center project, which aims to address unemployment and create jobs in the region.
The facility is expected to change the face of logistics and distribution across the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State and North West Territories, as Beaufort West is the connecting node for the thousands of trucks that use the N1 every day.
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