“All major routes have been secured and patrols are being conducted on high-risk routes.”
In each province, possible motives are being investigated. Cele supplied the following case update:
Since the weekend, nine trucks have been attacked in KZN. Six trucks were burned along Van Reenen’s Pass in the initial attack, one on the N11 in Engogo and two more on the N2 near Empangeni.
Officers are looking into armed robbery, malicious property damage, and attempted murder.
“Detectives assigned to the cases are closely following up on leads and continue to gather and study all evidence at their disposal.”
The province has seen nine truck arson, with the most recent occurring in the early hours of Wednesday between Ermelo and Sheepmoor, where four trucks were attacked and set ablaze. On Sunday evening, five trucks were set ablaze and attacked on the N4 near Waterval Boven.
“Police in that province are following up on strong leads.”
Six armed men attacked and burned three trucks travelling to the local chrome mine along the R577 between Lydenburg and Sekhukhune in Limpopo in the early hours of Monday morning.
“Police investigations are so far pointing towards an ongoing labour dispute and service delivery issues in the Lydenburg mining belt.
“Police in that province are investigating three cases of malicious damage to property and robbery and are expecting to make arrests soon.”
Notwithstanding instances involving the industry, Cele says there have been no targeted attacks on vehicles in the Free State and Gauteng provinces.
On Monday in the Free State, a truck had mechanical failure and caught fire. The driver was unhurt. A truck toppled and exploded into flames in a second occurrence. The driver of the second vehicle is being treated in a hospital.
A truck carrying explosive cargo capsized and erupted into flames while driving on the R59 in Gauteng overnight.
On the N12, a truck driver lost control and the truck’s overturned trailer caught fire.
Both truck drivers were unharmed.