Trucks: hijacks on the increase

2011-07-25 00:00

TWO men appeared briefly in court at Estcourt on Friday in connection with the hijacking of a truck laden with clothing worth R1,3 million near Utra City on the N3 highway on July 14.

Truck hijackings are reportedly on the increase in KwaZulu-Natal, with the midlands regarded as a particular hot spot at present, according to a source in the insurance industry.

The crimes are costing businesses and insurers hundreds of thousands of rands. In the latest incident a truck transporting R1,3 million worth of clothing on behalf of the Edcon Group was allegedly boarded by hijackers posing as road construction workers.

The driver was allegedly forced into the sleeping compartment of the truck and held under threat, while the truck was driven to a destination where it was offloaded. He was only released the following day when the hijackers abandoned the now empty vehicle.

The two accused in custody are Nduduzo Khanyile and Nhlanhla Khanyile.

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