The police in Mpumalanga condemn in the strongest possible terms the burning of 6 trucks, one in Hendrina, four at Arnot and the sixth truck was reportedly set alight in Kriel. According to information, the three incidents took place on Monday 4 November 2019, at night.
At Hendrina, the complainant was reportedly asleep inside a parked truck when he was awoken by a noise of a breaking window of the truck. It is alleged that the complainant saw an unknown male suspect who ordered him to get out of the truck. He then reportedly saw other seven unknown male suspects who are suspected to be accomplices of the one that was next to him.
The suspect that initially ordered him to get out of the truck, allegedly took out a box of matches and set alight the blankets that were inside the truck. The suspects reportedly fled the scene in a White Toyota Corolla after noticing that police were coming. Police gave chase to the suspects and they have not been arrested yet.
Four other trucks were also reportedly burnt in Arnot. This was after allegations that one of the truck drivers was ordered to take out his belongings by an unknown male suspect who made accusations that the truck driver is among people that continue to work while others are on strike.
Thereafter the said driver saw other trucks that were in the same queue with the one he was in, burning. The reports suggest that the trucks were queuing to deliver coal at Arnot Power Station.
The estimated damage caused by the burning of these trucks can amount to approximately R5 million and no arrest have been made as yet.
At this stage police are investigating cases of malicious damage to property and request anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in burning of the trucks.
Members of the public can contact the police on 10111 or anonymously call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
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