Hijacked cyanide truck still missing

2013-07-24 08:28

Johannesburg - Police are looking for a truck carrying the highly toxic chemical, potassium cyanide, which was in a truck hijacked in Midrand.

Inhalation of the chemical could lead to death, said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

She said it was in a Krome Metal Chemicals truck which was hijacked in Midrand on Saturday, and she urged people with information about its whereabouts to contact the police.

Mogale said the chemical was toxic if swallowed or if it came into contact with the skin. It could skin and eye irritation, and burns. Even brief exposure to its gas was toxic or extremely irritating.

She said it targeted the central nervous system, eyes, kidneys, liver, lungs, skin and heart.

"Medical symptoms include extreme irritation of eyes and mucous membranes, including burning and tearing; respiratory failure, death," she said.

Mogale said investigations were continuing.

  • Char Ou - 2013-07-24 08:38

    It was reported yesterday that 2 suspects were caught with police uniforms and a hi jacked truck stolen from Midrand and recovered in Pretoria. Police should look for possible clues that could link them to this truck jacking syndicate. I hate to speculate but I won't be surprised if they were involved in these crimes.

      Thato Loeto - 2013-07-24 09:29

      any pictures of what this truck looks like?? It could drive past us this side and we wouldn't know... besides; shouldn't a truck carrying such dangerous material be fitted with a satellite tracking-devise-buster buster; and armed security escort??

      anikenvader - 2013-07-24 09:33

      Thato - I so agree with you! This is REALLY not acceptable for the public to be exposed to such dangerous chemicals without the correct protection. And yes that is exactly what I ALSO thought ot - We live in an age of PICTURES AND VIDEOS! PLEASE NEWS24 - GET PICTURES OF THE TRUCK AND THE TRUCK'S LICENSE NUMBER IN THE STORY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

      Clifford Peter Viljoen - 2013-07-24 10:47

      The only thing I see is the possibility for a major disaster if these idiots have an accident in densely populated area or near a water supply . This story should be plastered on every news channel ,radio and tv station and the seriousness of what could happen if the contents leaked from the truck eg."Effects occur rapidly following exposure to potassium cyanide. Inhalation exposure to hydrogen cyanide gas released from potassium cyanide produces symptoms within seconds to minutes; death may occur within minutes".

      QI - 2013-07-24 16:01

      If a truck is loaded with cynide, and can be a threat to humans and animals, CAN ANYBODY SAY WHY IT WAS NOT BEING ESCORTED OR HAD AT LEAST, A PROPER TRACKING DEVICE?

      Bullet Proof - 2013-07-24 22:53

      I hope that they went to snuff the stuff!!!

      Adam Kemp - 2013-07-24 23:35

      Why is this stuff transported via tarmac given the possibilities of a serious vehicle/truck collision? Benefit of the doubt yes if this is transported for short distances but please... Damage limitation where possible!!!

      OldNick - 2013-07-25 09:48

      @ Thato. One would think these measures would be obvious to the experts and authorties dealing with these materials. When I has responsible for transporting hazmat type materials we made sure we had properly identifyable compliant vehicles and full time satelite tracking. I could track trucks in real time on my laptop and the system we had included an event logger and sounded an immediate warning when the driver drove to fast, deviated from the agreed route or remained stationary for longer that 5 minutes. The cab was equipped with a panic button linked to the monitoring system. There was even a facility for a camera to be installed in the cab to be viewed via the monitoring system, although we didn't have in-cab cameras. Anyway good comment.

      Melan Beko - 2013-07-25 10:13

      Lets hope that the criminals inhale the dangerous cargo.

      Melan Beko - 2013-07-25 10:19

      I am amazed to see the amount of people who are shocked that such dangerous chemicals are transported by unsecured truck. Alot of hazardous materials are transported that way daily with only a hazard sign on the truck to indicate that it has dangerous materials. Im sure that we have all seen trucks with big oxygen or gas bottles as their cargo and it is not escorted and those trucks can cause alot of damager if they were in a accident.

      Eternity - 2013-07-25 12:51

      From another news site. This is a quote from the same police officer. "The Truck registation number is BX6 2XP Gp and on the truck it says Cfome Metal Chemicals emblazoned in blue and grey" ~ Katlego Mogale

  • Jakes Mullins - 2013-07-24 08:38

    This is a serious threat to our security.

      NicolasGombert - 2013-07-24 09:05

      Send in the Grippens, submarines and frigates!! Zim is on the attack!

      inneedofseed - 2013-07-24 09:58

      when a chief judge dies ;picture quickly supplied, when a truck got hijacked you are asked to help look without a picture, any sense ?

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-07-24 10:22

      @nicolas- no petrol money or competent pilots. Maybe SAPS could borrow the netstar chopper

  • MinaMoo - 2013-07-24 08:39

    Could posdibly turn into a genocide sitiation... poison the water? Drop it from planes? The possibilities are endless...

      Neil Alan White - 2013-07-24 17:51

      clearly minamoo watches too many movies lol

      fargone - 2013-07-24 22:02

      I don't think anyone here watches too many movies, fact is Cyanide was stollen, by criminals... Now we have many crims in SA, most of whom are capable of being quite unpleasant when themood strikes. What if they decided to dispose of some chemicals into ... Hmmm say the Vaal dam, can be done, easy in fact, people are capable of it, what makes you thinkit could not happen?

      Theo Dormehl - 2013-07-25 09:19

      This could be classified as Weapon off mass destruction with same Consequences or end result ,destroy Gauteng economic in week if some cleva terrorist use it correctly SAP MUST GET THIS TRUCK NOW !! I agree with MINA Moo the long lasting effect could be years the Vaal river not useable for any purpose ??

      gardenadam - 2013-07-25 17:22

      Cyanide is sprayed daily onto the mine dumps around Johannesburg. They spray enough to filter through the whole dump, and collect it at the bottom. It also seeps into our water table, without too much effect. The fumes would only be toxic if the cyanide was mixed with acid.

  • MinaMoo - 2013-07-24 08:39

    Scary actually

  • Raymond Kok - 2013-07-24 08:40

    only in Mzanzi will these things happen man oh man we are so screwed

      inneedofseed - 2013-07-24 09:21

      cant they just show picture of the said truck? don't you think it will help? I think it will.

  • Keith Kido Sons - 2013-07-24 08:50

    Police probably drove right past it on their way to KFC and didn't notice a thing. The real sad thing about all this is that innocent citizens feel the full wrath of the Police but the real criminals walk free. A common example is when a Robber enters your home, they allowed to kill you but you will go to Jail if you Shoot.

      Jan Grimbeek - 2013-07-24 09:17

      LOL, nope the truck was atually parked right nect to the Police Patrol vehichle at KFC.

  • Fiona Severiona Dada Ferris - 2013-07-24 08:53

    such an important story, yet the editor did not bother in taking five minutes to proof read the article to ensure that the information is adequately transfered. This coule end in disaster, hopefully the public will be updated on this case...

      Jan Grimbeek - 2013-07-24 09:20

      Strange enough, they also do not give a registration number, or the involved Transport Company name. Surely these type of vehichles make use of satelite tracking systems ?

      Elmarie May - 2013-07-24 10:53

      I was thinking the same, there are so many mistakes in such an important article.

      QuquzelaMzania - 2013-07-24 14:14

      This is a recurring feature in Internet media. True dat.

  • Immanuel Willemse - 2013-07-24 08:55

    I need that truck 4 an action chase scene in my movie , pls get it asap.

  • Johnny McCloud - 2013-07-24 08:59

    This truck needs to be found, it may have been stolen by a terrorist organization. This is a threat to national security. Why do we have trucks containing cyanide in the first place?

      Tony Long - 2013-07-24 09:06

      Widely used on the gold mines to extract gold from ore - my guess is that it was stolen for illegal goldminers to use.

      Zohan Steppingstone - 2013-07-25 10:52

      It was stolen by the Zama Zama's to use in the gold mining effort. Find the Zama Zana's and you will find the truck.

  • Johan Van Der Vyver - 2013-07-24 09:00

    Potassium cyanide forms Prussic Acid if not kept in an Alcaline environment. Prussic Aid is lethel if inhaled. This load could poison thousands!

      Johan Van Der Vyver - 2013-07-24 09:09

      Prussic Acid is a gas at room temperature and a small wiff will kill instantly!

  • Richard Scully - 2013-07-24 09:09

    This could kill thousands...the ANC law enforcement and regulations are useless. Just like the ANC is

      Thabang Bonang - 2013-07-24 09:36

      Did you know that it is possibly to send a comment without the words ANC or DA? Try it. It works.

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-07-24 10:25

      @ thabang. Our country is run by useless incompetent arrogant muppets with fecal matter where their brains should be. You're right! We can comment without mentioning them! :)

      Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-07-24 10:35


      Richard Scully - 2013-07-24 11:32

      Well Thabang, YOU explain how a truckload of cyanide gets stolen......there should be permanent security with this stuff...this us the stuff that a tiny amount kills you in less than 3's used in gold mining processes....a parastatal makes it, a subsidiary of SASOL, I believe in Witbank. The government should be making sure this stuff is controlled all the time...again I say useless retarded ANC....feels nothing for the people

  • Derek Smith - 2013-07-24 09:10

    "Mogale said the chemical was toxic if swallowed or if it came into contact with the skin. It could skin and eye irritation, and burns" lost in get people with at least a grade 7 qualification to write your articles pls!!!!

      Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-07-24 10:30

      dearest derrick this is surely a matter of national security. I would then like to defend the Journalist and say she wrote in a hurry and that she reacted to the news with the urgency it deserves. thou I would think that's wat editors are for....... TO PROOF READ.

      Derek Smith - 2013-07-24 14:18

      by the looks of it I think you must try to abstain from commenting on this are embarrassing yourself...the proof in the amount thumbs down you received...

      Kadesh Barnea - 2013-07-24 21:11

      People, I think Fergie is being sarcastic.... Great comment Nontuthuzelo!

      Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-07-25 10:49

      @kadesh Sum1 with brains finally.

  • Kurt Rohlandt - 2013-07-24 09:11

    "It could skin and eye irritation, and burns" - Grammar guys?

      Sarah Stanton - 2013-07-24 10:06

      don't fuss over the grammar. If that sh*t hits the water system, you will be too busy dying to worry about "irritated eyes".

      Elmarie May - 2013-07-24 10:55

      This is such a horribly written article. Scary what could happen, but how must we take someone seriously who can't even write a cohesive sentence?

      Richard Scully - 2013-07-24 11:36

      Forget will kill you before it irritates you

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-07-24 09:16

    When hazardous chemicals such as these are transported, surely they should have some sort of police/army security escourt, or the truck should have a monitor of some sort. This is yet another breach of public security and safety. Given the state of unstability in our country at the moment, should this fall into the wrong hands then we could encounter a problem.

      Richard Scully - 2013-07-24 11:38

      It should go by Europe and US they don't allow it to go by road

      Richard Scully - 2013-07-24 11:41

      But the ANC has stuffed rail up so badly, hardly anyone can use it

      Richard Scully - 2013-07-24 11:43

      But if a load of Platinum concentrate goes off the planned route for a minute there are army cheers after it....shows our priorities

      Richard Scully - 2013-07-24 11:47

      Choppers not cheers

  • Shaun Coles - 2013-07-24 09:22

    Surely a truck transporting this kind of material should have a tracker of some sort or at least another vehicle in convoy to prevent this kind of the incident occurring.

      Robbie Crouch - 2013-07-25 11:12

      Those things get disabled within 2 minutes.

  • Handgrenaat Nel - 2013-07-24 09:23

    The robbers probably didn't realise what it was and played around with it and inhaled the chemical... Would show them

  • MinaMoo - 2013-07-24 09:30

    It had a tracking device but previous reports stated that the signal was lost at Marlboro

      Xolani Welcome Jele - 2013-07-24 10:31

      its the signal jamming device that causes the tracking unit to lose signal,criminals are ahead these days

  • Joutoffie Man - 2013-07-24 09:37

    I hope that truck find its way to the union buidling.

      ????? ????? - 2013-07-25 09:26

      Oh really now...I work at the Union Buildings I guess even us innocent souls should DIE right!

      OldNick - 2013-07-25 09:55

      Why the Union Buildings JM? And RN you make it sound like there are 'guilty' people where you work. Interesting the way people think. Seriously though this truck needs to be found and one thing that worries me more than the theft of the truck is that we need to depend on the SAP to find it.

  • Jaco Diedericks - 2013-07-24 09:38

    A biohazard sign for the article image? REALLY? It's an inorganic poisonous substance...

      Johan Diedericks - 2013-07-24 19:22

      You forget.. we live in africa

      OldNick - 2013-07-25 09:59

      Agreed, and a picture of the truck concerned would have been much more helpful. At least then people know what to be on the lookout for.

  • Nathi Ntshobodwana - 2013-07-24 09:39

    We protect and track all the trucks that transport money but leave trucks that carry large amounts of poisonous substances unprotected..... Lol... Twisted society !!!!.... Money is better than peoples lives.

      Robbie Crouch - 2013-07-25 11:15

      The propensity to steal cash is far higher than other forms of cargo... I bet the thieves dit not even know what they were stealing... the truck was more likely to have been stolen for spare parts than the cargo, the second most reason a vehicle is stolen.

      Lee Brand - 2013-07-25 12:26

      Twisted indeed! Everyting gets stolen here!

  • Nemukumbini Shonza - 2013-07-24 09:48

    Where was the track heading to? Which company is responsible for security? Who knew about the transportation? Why was it hijacked? Sound like an inside job to me and this could lead to dangerous attack to the public................... Such kind of material should be transported with Maximum Security

      Richard Scully - 2013-07-24 11:45

      And why would they take this stuff? There's no real black market for it due to its toxicity

  • Lance Briers-Danks - 2013-07-24 09:53

    Come on News 12, get the full story really crap reporting especially for something as life threatening as this. Picture of the truck, no plate ect?? Get it together pronto!!

  • Percy Manaka - 2013-07-24 09:57

    I wonder who would do that, and why!

      Sharon Bothma - 2013-07-25 06:12

      Illegal miners.... :)

  • Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-07-24 09:57

    Its appalling how casually the SAPS is dealing with this matter. Even the media. I think if the same scenario took place in the states there would've been an evacuation plan already, the army would be hands on, choppers would circle the parameter where it was last detected, pictures of what the trucks look like would be in every news channel. we are not paranoid but cautious.

  • Arno Visser - 2013-07-24 09:59

    What they need to do is start looking for a reason why someone would need Cyanide. Gold extracting for one. how many gold mines are there in driving distance from Midrand, look for a company that just received a big intake of cyanide, the truck will be parked outside.

      Kadesh Barnea - 2013-07-24 21:15

      Not a company. More likely C Hostel in Welkom.

  • Piet Klaassens - 2013-07-24 10:02

    I think it was the EFF because they are mad at the AWB for not pulling through...

  • KingPun - 2013-07-24 10:05

    So death is one of the symptoms? Scary!!!

  • Ricky Singh - 2013-07-24 10:06

    I really hope this is nothing sinister but a random hijacking.Cyanide is not to be trifled with and if dumped for some reason could lead to more deaths through contamination.

      Sharon Bothma - 2013-07-25 06:10

      It is more likely this truck was hijacked so the product will land up in the illegal mining trade. :)

  • MinaMoo - 2013-07-24 11:07

    If it was in Zim, it wouldn't head towards Sandton

  • MikeStevens - 2013-07-24 11:22

    Quick question, is Potassium Cyanide an industrial byproduct? Because i cant see any reason why we would transport the stuff?

      Samantha Slabbert - 2013-07-24 11:28

      It's used in mining. Part of the gold extraction process.

      MikeStevens - 2013-07-24 11:33

      Thanks Samantha

  • Christina Setloboko - 2013-07-24 11:24

    ohh no. start by asking them the police , you will find that the hijackers were waering the police uniform as normal.

  • Stoto Ngcobo - 2013-07-24 12:15

    For crying out loud: Don't these trucks have tracker?

  • Sancho De Freitas Harker - 2013-07-24 12:43

    How terrible would it be if the people who dumped faeces before now started dumping this waste instead... I really hope that this shipment is found before anyone is hurt.

  • Madala Buster - 2013-07-24 13:57

    Dangerous chemical indeed. We use it in gold plants to dissolve gold from their ores

  • Woa Spectre - 2013-07-24 14:33

    The USA's illustrious president goes to Africa, Couple weeks later conveniently a truck load of a extremely potent and disastrous Potassium Cyanide gets hijacked,either it was for gold mining or one can say i smell a false flag brewing.

  • Dave Byrne - 2013-07-24 15:05

    The accompanying "Biohazard" warning placard is misleading, and would not be the one on the truck. Biohazard placards refer to infectious materials like germs and viruses and medical waste. I may be wrong about placarding in SA but in the US it would be a skull and crossed bones with the word POISON. If you are looking for the truck, that symbol won't help.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-07-24 16:29

    Probably sniffed the stuff and croaked.

  • Older But Wiser - 2013-07-24 17:10

    A truck containing cyanide and it was not being escorted by armed guards? The government of South Africa isn't to intelligent.

      Philip Joubert - 2013-07-25 07:08

      This is a truck owned by a private mining affiliated company. The chemical is widely used to extract gold. Not everything is he government's fault.

  • Older But Wiser - 2013-07-24 17:19

    Hey about not posting a headline of a "Hijacked Truck Full of Cyanide" without clarifying it was in South Africa and not in the U.S.

  • Lionel Schultz - 2013-07-24 17:41

    Now this is where blue light VIP (Very Important Poison) and VVIP (Very, Very Important Poison) protection vehicles are required, as then they will serve a meaningful purpose.

  • Shah Noor Ahmed - 2013-07-24 17:55

    Sheesh! The very reality of Bio-terrorism....I hope this truck is found with all its contents still accounted for.

      Ron Pendergast - 2013-07-24 19:05

      This would be chemical weapons bio would be anthrax,botulisum small pox ect

  • J.j. Erler - 2013-07-24 18:11

    Awesome and no description of the hijackers.

  • Jake Pannel - 2013-07-24 19:36

    Check the local Mosque.

  • Jake Pannel - 2013-07-24 19:37

    Anyone check the local Mosque?

      Diran Pillay - 2013-07-26 09:42

      What a stupid comment.

  • Pontsho Seemane - 2013-07-24 20:23


      Susan Economakis - 2013-07-25 09:28

      Most probably illegal miners. This is essential for gold extraction.

      Tiego Mashiane - 2013-07-26 05:25

      White people stole the truck. "savage" people r nt capable of such

  • Malik Nidal - 2013-07-24 21:47

    South Africa has been decimated by black self-rule. It is by far the most violent, dangerous and crime-ridden nation on earth.

  • Madoda Mtyobo - 2013-07-24 23:46

    What will the effects and symptoms of it help us with???, there are dangerous fugitives on the lose who have to get captured quickly before they hurt other innocent people who jst happen to be in their path.

  • Jerry Frisbie - 2013-07-25 00:22

    "It could skin and eye irritation, and burns." Come on. Do you not read what you just wrote?

  • Willis Forster - 2013-07-25 02:24

    A pound or two of this material mixed with ordinary battery acid would generate enough cyanide gas to kill most of the people in a movie theater. The air conditioning system would spread the gas. Who would do such a thing? You know who.

  • Wayzata Guy - 2013-07-25 02:40

    Why do we have this stuff?

      TaniaSS - 2013-07-25 03:26

      It is used in the mining industry for the extraction of gold.