He says the ripple effect of the blockade would be felt outside SA borders.
“Ships will sail past to other ports, they will not wait for us to get our act together. We will lose trade and business to and through SA.
“Our ports will become ghost towns and the surrounding businesses relating to those activities of trade and support will close.”
Kelly wondered about the root cause of the blockade and the powers behind it.
“Other than the economic sabotage and total destruction of SA, there is obvious intent to prove that the control of the country [and its economy] now rests with gangs?”
He laid the blame for the problems at the door of the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied SA (ATDF ASA).
“The leadership of the ATDF-SA, specifically the president of the organisation, has openly commented on social media that they do not care about the effects of their actions and that they will continue until there is change,” wrote Kelly.
He wanted action and answers from government. “Why have the various departments tasked with solving this issue [almost five years ago now] not dealt with the core reasons and addressed these?
“You and your ministers promised to defend the country. To protect its people and to ensure a better life for all. You have broken that trust. Act now or we will have no country left. No home. No place to educate and grow our children.
“Mr President, instruct the ministers of police, transport and defence and military veterans to perform their duties to restore order and to listen to the proposals made by the representative, compliant transporters within the sector. The non-compliant transporters and the groupings that 'represent' them must be dealt with. The time is now.”