LEPHALALE — A red truck, with a Botswana registration number 8496AA05 with carriages from the company Hakuna Matata was spotted on OR Tambo Street (R510) opposite Camelot on Friday morning around 07:00 by Thys Eloff, CPF chairperson. He passed the truck on his way to work when it suddenly struck him that he had received a police alert earlier about a truck being hi-jacked on the N11 about 30 km from the Groblersbrug border post.
The driver of the truck, a 42 year old Zambian citizen, was on the scene and he told Mogol Post that he suspected that something was wrong when he saw a Toyota Corolla with four occupants and a RAV4 driving very close to his truck. He also noted that the truck was losing power for some reason. When he noticed the Toyota make a U-turn behind him and the RAV4 stop in front of him, he realised that he was in trouble. Criminals who want to high-jack a truck, “jump” on the back of one of the carriages and bend fuel pipes in order to stop the fuel getting through. It forces the truck to slow down. The horse of the truck then doesn’t have the power to drag or pull the loaded carriages and the driver has to stop the truck. The driver alleged he saw a man on top of one of the carriages.
The driver said the minute he realised that he was in trouble, he pulled the truck off the road, jumped out of the front door and ran into the bushes nearby. According to him he was followed by two men one of whom was armed. He was warned to stop or he would get shot, but he took off his white shirt and ran for his life. He ran until he reached a farm house where he asked for help and notified the police with whom he returned to the recovered truck in Lephalale.
The truck was transporting Cobalt from the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) to Durban.
The driver’s cell phone and cash were stolen and at the time of going to press, no arrests were made yet. The reason why the suspects left the truck next to the road is unknown.
The investigation continues.