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Highly toxic load on hijacked truck

2012-03-10 14:16

Johannesburg - An Interlink truck that was hijacked near Heidelberg is carrying a highly toxic load that looks like coffee, police said on Saturday.

The truck was hijacked at 20:20 on Friday on the Spook Bridge that crosses the N3 highway and was last seen heading towards Vosloorus, provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

"The driver was cornered and forced to leave his cab at gunpoint," she said.

The load was about to be delivered to a nearby mine and is in canvas bags.

"We have been told that it looks and smells like instant coffee but under no circumstances should people consume it," said Mogale.

Police were worried the hijackers will try to pass the chemical off as coffee and sell it to unsuspecting consumers.

The white MAN truck has the letters KVE on its sides. The registration is BG22JVGP. Sightings of the vehicle can be reported to Crime Line on 32211.

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Comments
  • Phoenix - 2012-03-10 14:29

    So you can't tell us what the actual chemical is???

      John - 2012-03-10 17:43

      Urinous and Volatile Salts of Animal Substances.....very toxic

  • The-madKing - 2012-03-10 14:35

    what kind of toxic chemical LOOKS and SMELLS like coffee?? I hope the hi-jackers consume it

      John - 2012-03-10 15:04

      hey the cANCer youth league hijacked the truck, watch for JuJu suddenly taken ill, hopefully he'll die.

  • marcuszackey - 2012-03-10 14:48

    MAN Truck & Bus is one of Europe's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, just to clear the air =P

  • Chris van Vuuren - 2012-03-10 14:54

    Javazyme TM!! Unclogs those nasty blockages in your slurry pipes and gives your mine that "mmmm... fresh ground coffee!" smell!

  • Miguel - 2012-03-10 14:55

    White is the colour of the vehicle and MAN is the make of the vehicle, it is spelt MAN. Hijackings are bad around that area.

  • Willem - 2012-03-10 15:07

    Is it really necessary to mention the colour of the truck?

      rika.herbst - 2012-03-10 16:29

      GET A LIFE!!! YES, you need to mention the colour! Imangine your car gets hijacked...wouldn't you tell the cops the colour of your car??? Or will you just give them the make and have them stop every car of that make???

      Phoenix - 2012-03-10 16:58

      Oh my word. Actually words fail me. He is clearly just joking. Clearly from all the posts here about people freaking out about comments (or rather jokes) on the white MAN truck thing just shows once again that there is nothing more scary than stupid people in great numbers.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-10 17:53

      One of the limitations of the written word is that the nuances such as irony or gentle jibes are not easy to convey. Seems some readers are literally-minded, others literary-minded :)

      Phoenix - 2012-03-10 19:14

      Very clever Lacrimose ;) And so far 7 people gave rika.herbts's comment a thumbs up?? ODG there is no hope.

  • Melanie Purge - 2012-03-10 15:10

    hijacked by nigerians to sell and kill south africans

  • Willem - 2012-03-10 15:15

    Was it really necessary to mention the gender of the truck?

      Adil Smit - 2012-03-10 17:26

      Ha-ha :-)

      Barry Fritz - 2012-03-10 17:31

      The question is was it male or female , it has a propshaft so it must be male

      Barry Fritz - 2012-03-10 17:32

      The question is was it male or female , it has a propshaft so it must be male

  • drummond.doig1 - 2012-03-10 15:19

    Blame the truck..bloody WHITE MAN going to potentially be involved in the killing of many of our darker bretheren who prefer to do their shopping in the affirmative way.

  • Brian - 2012-03-10 15:25

    If it smells like coffee, sell it to the Nigerians !

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-03-10 15:31

    #sigh# Must we always entertain race issues? It's not a 'caucasian male' truck. It's a truck built by German lorry and bus manufacturer MAN SE (google!), it has the same colour as snow or milk (which, I believe, is still only white), the letters KVE written on the sides and its registration plates read BG22JVGP. Think we can ALL just keep an eye out for it without some of us feeling discriminated against?

      Phoenix - 2012-03-10 16:40

      People are just joking! Everyone here making those jokes know EXACTLY what a MAN truck is. Seriously lighten up!

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-03-10 18:45

      Good one.

      Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-10 20:47

      @Phoenix, yeah, I figured that after reading a few more comments. The problem is I had made that post a lot earlier on but the text editor kept cutting me off after the first ampersand so I had to replace them all with 'and'. And I still wanted to say my piece, lol.

      Balan - 2012-03-11 17:16

      its not about race, just a sense of humour

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-10 15:50

    I am bit concern that few would know about the danger posed by "white man" cargo. May someone please advise police to disserminate the message through the radio. Many of our people listen to the radio more than relying on print media.

      FinalJustice - 2012-03-10 15:56

      That's it, thank you David, clear indication of your selective reading capability; Have you read any other single word in the article except for the \white MAN\ part? I pack my case ...

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-03-10 18:20

      @david I was just thinking the same thing, if they think its coffee many poor people might get hurt due to no access to print media, and they'll fly at a bargain, but its also scary that thermite is a volatile substance which may be used for other nefarious purposes like heists.

  • Dmitri - 2012-03-10 15:52

    If you transport hazmat on road, rail, sea or air, there need to be the correct markings indicating such....Oh hang on, literacy is low among hijackers....(or the rules were not followed)

  • Vegi - 2012-03-10 16:05

    How I wish these idiots gorge themselves on this coffe like load so that they do not get the opportunity to approach potential customers.

  • Andile Nokhetshe - 2012-03-10 16:12

    Why these people not arrested yet!? Sies!

      Andile Nokhetshe - 2012-03-10 16:22

      This is not Uganda come on you SAPS bustards arrest these pricks NOW!

  • pvjaarsveld - 2012-03-10 16:19

    That truck was full of friggen thermite! Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermite What is a truck full of thermite doing on our roads without any security? The hijackers knew very well what they were stealing.

      Phoenix - 2012-03-10 16:42

      OK that is VERY scary. No wonder the actual chemical was never mentioned!

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-03-10 17:06

      Thermite is the substance that burns through anything when lit, right? I think its safe to say we might be seeing a new ATM\\Cash in Transit robbing tactic in the making. :S

      Phoenix - 2012-03-10 17:09

      Yup Nicola exactly what I was thinking.

      Dmitri - 2012-03-10 17:12

      Thermite!!! @Nicola - you have a valid point. What are the chances of someone hijacking a truck carrying thermite??? Inside job anyone???

      Adam - 2012-03-10 20:39

      Thermite is not that dangerous, but packed around the base of an e-toll,it may bring it down.

      Sharon - 2012-03-11 07:40

      @Adam, according to conspiracy theorists, traces of thermite was found in dust samples at the World Trade Centre.

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-10 17:17

    Frisco :')

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-10 18:03

      Ric(ochet)Coffee? :)

  • Adil Smit - 2012-03-10 17:51

    No tracking device on the truck?

      Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-10 20:33

      Wierd right? I know some truckers and they always tell me that these days the big boss always knows where you are and where you've stopped.

  • Rainer Boelie Jad - 2012-03-10 17:58

    Oh how I would love to see them enjoying a nice strong cup of coffee

      Adam - 2012-03-10 19:55

      Eish, this white mans coffee she is too strong..

  • Carlton Bana - 2012-03-10 18:27

    \The white MAN truck\, I love puns... lol

  • Gerhard Lemmer Marais - 2012-03-10 18:34

    Dis so lekker om die 230 gram verskil te bespeur!

  • delia.james.vermaak - 2012-03-10 18:50

    On "Spook Bridge" creepy....

  • Theodore Adams - 2012-03-11 09:30

    Ja ne there must be STUPID ppl around us....

  • Diaan - 2012-03-11 14:08

    Eish the police she is very stuped !!! they have the registration number .Why dont they look up the adress where it is parked at night and just go and arrest the peeepol that hijacked it eis eish only in soet africa

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