Five trucks were set on fire in Mpumalanga

Five trucks were set on fire in Mpumalanga

Six trucks were set on fire on Van Rheenen Pass in KwaZulu-Natal.

Six trucks were set on fire on Van Rheenen Pass in KwaZulu-Natal.

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  • Five trucks were set on fire Sunday evening in Waterfall Boven, Mpumalanga.
  • A group of people in two vehicles stopped the trucks and forced the drivers off.
  • accident comAfter armed assailants set fire to six trucks over the weekend on Van Rheenen Pass in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mpumalanga police are searching for a group of people who set five trucks on fire at Waterval Boven (Imjoya) in Mpumalanga on Sunday night.

“We’re not sure what motivated those particular trucks to be ignited. But [people in] “Two lorries were stopped just before the Waterfall Boffin Tunnel and set on fire,” said police spokesman Brigadier Sylvie Mohlala.

They ordered the drivers to hand over their IDs and get out of the trucks before setting the vehicles on fire.

“We are continuing our investigation. No arrests have been made, and motorists are advised to use the Schoemankloof Road,” he added.

The incident comes after armed assailants set fire to six trucks on Van Rheenen Pass in KwaZulu-Natal late on Saturday night.

Police said gunmen stopped the trucks near Van Rheenen Pass, forced the drivers out of their cars and set them on fire.

News 24 reported that the incident came just hours before the second anniversary of the July 2021 unrest that erupted in parts of South Africa. There was widespread looting and rioting during the unrest and more than 350 people were killed.

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Gavin Kelly, chief executive of the Road Freight Association (RFA), said: ‚ÄúThose attacking the road segment of logistics supply chains need to understand that the long-term effects will further devastate employment levels and lead to more job losses, as businesses and support sectors shrink and move away. Trade for South Africa”.

“The targeted accuracy of the attack is worrying. It was well planned and efficiently executed.”


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