Petrol truck hijacked, 35 000 litres emptied

2014-09-16 11:19

A truck transporting 35 000 litres of petrol was hijacked in Johannesburg in the early hours of this morning – and found empty in Protea Glen a few hours later, Soweto police said.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the truck was hijacked around 2am.

“The truck driver said he was hijacked by four men on his way from Alrode to Sebokeng.

“They forced him to stop when he was on the freeway and they [the hijackers] dropped him off in Brakpan,” said Makhubela.

The truck was en route to Sebokeng, near Vanderbijlpark, to deliver the petrol. A litre of petrol in Gauteng currently costs R13.66, so the petrol in the truck would have sold for nearly R480 000.

“The [empty] truck was recovered in Protea Glen,” said Makhubela.

“We are appealing to anyone who might have seen what happened to the petrol to come forward with information,” he added.

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