A truck driver was reportedly shot in the head and critically injured at the Beitbridge border post while following the queue this Monday.
In a post on their Facebook page, SA Trucker, an association of truck drivers in Southern Africa, said the suspects reportedly robbed many drivers before they shot the man.
Scores of people who commented on the post expressed frustration and anger over authorities’ failure to address issues to do with the safety of truck drivers.
A Zambian nation, Musazitame Zulu said: “This is what we go through as truckers at the borders. We cry out to relevant authorities but they turn a blind eye and a deaf ear. Who will speak for truckers? Corruption is high in the borders, in the end, the create congestion to create Corruption”.
“When the officers are told the minister will visit the borders, they make sure they clear the queue, but once the minister is gone it’s back to congestion.
Zulu added; “Zimbabwean side boasts of educated people but makes life difficult for the trucks to just exit the border. Leaders where are you?”
Comfort Scara Mashabela, a South African national said: “I think this had nothing to do with the current attacks on trucks around South Africa just those Gumma Gumma’s from Messina who don’t know where to draw the line 🤦…. RIP to this man and extending my heartfelt condolences to his family”
Tapiwah Greatman Tapiwa from Zimbabwe said: “So sad when u go to a customs counter u see them playing with their phones instead of pushing the trucks so as th que thy mak sure they is always a que so tht those who want to jump pay them something imagine if someone cn b killed in daylight wat is goin to happen at night.”
Below are photos posted by SA Trucker: