Pretoria - The spate of attacks on trucks on some roads around the country is "economic sabotage" perpetrated by criminal elements and steps are being taken to counter the problem, the relevant ministers said on Sunday.
The road freight and logistics sector truck drivers associations had distanced themselves from the planned strike on September 1 and 2.
"However, acts of threats and violence, including the burning of trucks, took place," Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Police Minister Bheki Cele, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, and Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi said in a joint statement after an urgent meeting on Sunday evening.
The meeting was held to receive a report on the progress made to address the continued violence in the sector as well as plotting a way forward, the statement said.
The ministers condemned the ongoing violence and agreed that it was "nothing but economic sabotage threatening the economic viability" of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.