The five Zimbabwean haulage truck drivers, who last year dumped their vehicles at Southerton police station Harare, in protest over pay have been paid their dues and the trucks returned to South Africa.
Misheck Matongera, Gilbert and Brighton Chimusoro, Leonard Kamushinda and Sebastian Manatse dumped the South African registered trucks belonging to Anwer Vervoer last November demanding outstanding salaries backdated to April last year.
This week one of the company directors confirmed to NewsDay that they had paid the five drivers.
“Yes, the drivers got their demands but so did we. But they will never be able to work in South Africa again!” said Yolandi Du Preez, who is also the company’s cross-border logistics manager.
Du Preez said the job action was clear blackmail but the company had to pay and get their trucks back to avoid further loss of business.
“The fact is that we got blackmailed by these Zimbabweans when we are actually taking the risk to try and rebuild your suffering country. We paid them more than a decent salary,” said Du Preez, adding the company managers had at one time slept in police custody for trying to stop the deportation of the drivers.
One of the drivers, Matongera, last year told NewsDay that the company owed them money in unpaid allowances according to the agreements they had signed at the beginning of April.