Toxic salt looted in North West

2011-11-07 21:20

Johannesburg - The North West public safety department urged residents on Monday to the return toxic salt they picked up after a goods train overturned at Mahikeng station, it said.

"The salt is poisonous and we warn them against using it for consumption, spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said.

He said many people rushed to the scene and collected the salt after the accident earlier in the day. Some of them loaded the salt onto bakkies, unaware it was poisonous.

Kgwele said no one would be punished for returning the salt.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

"Police are still working on the scene. No one was injured," he said.

  • Donovan - 2011-11-07 21:35

    Nice mentality. I saw this sort of thing last year when a truck carrying a load of oranges overturned in Mpumalanga. 'The peephol' were stopping and stealing oranges even as the driver lay dead in the cab - and it wasn't just the 'poowa' doing the stealing either...Audis, BMWs, they stopped too for their share of 'free' oranges. Anyway, I hope these salt thieves enjoy their spoils.

      Ian - 2011-11-08 10:41

      I say let them consume it!

  • mikealetta - 2011-11-07 21:38

    Please can some=one tell me when Mafikeng changed to Mahikeng, I see it on the waether reports, the news, here in News24 but as far as I know, the name has never been officially changed. Sorry to be stupid, I just live in Mafikeng

      Burtfred - 2011-11-07 21:50

      Can someone please tell me when weather reports changed to "waether" reports?

      Vusi - 2011-11-07 21:56

      LOL LOL Mike. I was too embarrassed to ask the question myself. At least I know I'm not the only one that seems to have missed a piece of our history.

      Vusi - 2011-11-07 22:03

      @Mikealetta. I had to go look this mystery up and this is what Wiki says: The town was first spelt by British settlers as Mafeking and by the end of apartheid, the name had changed to Mafikeng. In February 2010, Lulu Xingwana approved the town's name to be changed again to Mahikeng. Despite this the towns ANC run local government and most local residents still refer to the town as Mafiking both informally and formally.

      John - 2011-11-08 08:32

      Typically all the ANC can do is cause unneccesary expense by changing town names. Do something useful like fix the roads. It makes me think that one meaning for ANC = Another Name Change.

  • Hennie - 2011-11-07 21:56

    Perfect solution for the crime in South Africa. Poisen some goods, let the thieves steal it and solve the crime problem in SA.

  • Vusi - 2011-11-07 22:14

    Guys, I must tell you most of these comments are most disturbing! Not all of us are thieves, just because we are black. This incident just underlines what I say everyday about the ANC and that is that the poor and uneducated are living on promises and nothing else. Our people are stealing salt, poisoned or not, to just have something for free because they don't even have money for the bare basics. It is up to us that know better than the ANC to take hands and change this country. Don't stoop down to Malema's level and incite racial hatred, please.

      mastersvoice - 2011-11-07 22:37

      Good comment Vusi. It will be a disaster if anyone is harmed by the poisonous salt. It serves to highlight the dire need our fellow South Africans find themselves in, and cannot be compared to other crimes like corruption, murder or robbery where the underlying motive is greed.

      Shannon - 2011-11-08 11:45

      Hey vusi, love reading your comments... wish more people thought like you!!

  • MornĂ© - 2011-11-07 23:06

    What the hell are they doing transporting toxic salt? As in sodium chloride? Or is this some other salt looking similar to table salt? Surely toxic chemicals must be marked as such during transport. This article begs more questions than it answers.

      Guy - 2011-11-08 07:04

      I agree. This was my first thought too. SAPA, do some more investigating and discover the real story here.

  • Sattva - 2011-11-08 07:22

    no no no - don't return it - use it on yourselves - poison yourselves.

  • Sledge - 2011-11-08 10:10


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