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TRUCKERS are up in arms against the City of Cape Town over the introduction of a tariff for dumping rubble at landfill sites.
They complain that their businesses have "come to a standstill" after the authorities said they would have to pay R57 a ton from July 1 for removing dumped rubble at its sites.
Yesterday nearly 500 angry truckers from across the city rallied round the newly formed Tipper Truck Association as they marched to the council offices, demanding that the tariff be scrapped immediately.
Zaid Baker, spokesperson for the association, told Sowetan that the industry employed more than 5000 workers, whose livelihoods were now on the line because of the new tariff.
Baker said most of them could lose their jobs if the tariff was not scrapped.
He said builders were also going to be affected by the tariff since no rubble would be collected if the city did not give in to their demands to scrap the tariff.
The wave of protesters, led by a truck, included men and women who held up several placards to highlight their grievances.
Some of the placards said: "Save our jobs", "Disposal levy cripples us all", "Stop rubble tariff" and "Don't charge us to clean the city".
As they marched they also sang out loudly that "The World Cup is over, we won't pay!"
Addressing the truckers before handing over a memorandum to a city representative, Baker demanded that "TTA be recognised by the city as a body to negotiate with".
He suggested that the city's hosting of the World Cup had had the effect of raising the tariff to R57.
"The World Cup is not over, but we are already feeling the effects of the tariff."
He accused Premier Helen Zille and the DA of "running the city like a business venture".
"The party (World Cup) is over. We wont pay (the tariff). We won't be able to put food on the table and pay our workers," he shouted, to applause from the crowd.
The association handed over the memorandum to Rustim Keraan, the city's director for solid waste management.
Among others the truckers are demanding the suspension of the tariff immediately, failing which they will take legal action within two days.
They have also not ruled out embarking on another protest march if their demands were not met.
Keraan said that he would study the association's demands before responding.