No end to Cape Town truck attacks

2012-10-11 21:27

Johannesburg - At least eight trucks were attacked and set alight in Cape Town on Thursday, police said.

In Bellville, two truck drivers were slightly injured when they jumped out of their burning trucks.

"Reports indicate that they were sitting inside the trucks when unknown suspects threw unidentified objects into their vehicles, which set the vehicles on fire," said Captain FC Van Wyk.

A PicknPay truck was set alight in Strandfontein.

The driver and a passenger were sitting in the vehicle after stopping to repair a puncture.

Three men ordered them to get out of the vehicle, which was then stoned and set alight.

"The three men fled towards Muizenberg in a cream Toyota sedan, registration number is unknown," said Van Wyk.

A bread delivery truck was also set alight in Philippi. The driver ran away from the scene.

Four passengers were injured when their truck was attacked and set alight in Athlone.

In Strand, a petrol-bomb was thrown into a truck transporting toilet paper.

In Gugulethu, a group of people threw stones at a truck and then set it alight. The driver escaped unharmed.

No one was arrested and separate cases of arson, public violence and malicious damaged to property were being investigated.

"There is a possibility that the violence is related to the truck drivers' strike."

Van Wyk said five "prominent" SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union leaders had been arrested for convening an illegal meeting.

"They were arrested for convening a gathering for which no notice was given at Borchards Quarry, Nyanga. They will appear in the Philippi Magistrate's Court soon," he said.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-11 21:38

    "There is a possibility that the violence is related to the truck drivers' strike." What a genius! Are the trucks looted before they are set alight? None of the articles say whether this is the case or not.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-12 13:33

      @sean... I couldn't agree more. They are breaking the law, put them in jail and if they resist shoot the f#$kers!

  • klip.indiebos - 2012-10-11 21:38

    Again a reflection of the useless / incapable policing in the Western Cape. Commissioner Lamoer catch a wake up - you serve the people, not a political master.

  • pm.cindi - 2012-10-11 21:55

    I thought i read an article that says there was an agreement based on this truck driver's strike!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-11 22:00

    And I hope the police throw the book at these Union leaders, question is who were these leaders meeting with and why was there no arrests made of this crowd, so that we can know if they were actually truck drivers at the meeting, and for which company they were working for. Just asking....... in case the ANCYL and co. were also present hmmmm just thinking allowed (JA.....JA.... I know ....smell the rubber burning) And I am also beginning to wonder how much of this could be insurance scams. Even though I know that many insurance companies don't pay out on this kind of damage, some do. Just wondering.

  • Cameron - 2012-10-11 22:09

    They are like kids!

  • navane.dejager1 - 2012-10-11 22:09

    these people are idiots, illiterate and naive to just attack everyone who wants to work for a living seriously there strikes are getting more frustrating for as a law abiding citizen

  • peter.strydom.37 - 2012-10-11 22:09

    If anyone can make sense if this article please let me know, News 24 please feed us the "real" facts, we're not Fools nor Horses.

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-12 00:46

    What type of ppl live in SA? When you read the news, it seems that we have more tsotsi's amongst us than law abiding ones. Where are these ppl's mothers and fathers, did they not teach their children anything? I am so grateful to my parents. Even during apartheid they managed to teach us about morals and values, right and wrong, the shambok was used when we tested the boundries. My parents both worked hard but come supper time they were at home and beware if any of the children were not at the table by that time, doesn't matter what your age. If you lived under my father's roof you had to play by his rules. A Tanzanian told me once that SA has the "weakest link of Africa" living in it. He explained that during tribal wars the loosers used to run away to escape being caught and used as slaves and therefore the migration to the south. I felt affended by his analysis BUT looking at SA today, I'm starting to wonder.

  • Notrax123 - 2012-10-12 02:21

    Van Wyk, how the hell did you become a captain. "There is a possibility that the violence is related to the truck drivers' strike." 1+1=2 not so? There are 3 types of people: 1)Those who make things happen (crimminals) 2) there are those that watch things happen (Cops) 3) then there are those that wonder what the F*CK happend (people like you,the epitath of clueless)

  • jan.matsetela - 2012-10-12 05:41

    I think we must call back Bheki Cele

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-10-12 06:58

    Every day when you wake up,thank God that you are still alive,so you can still care for your kids and help others whenever you can.And the violence?Will it ever end?Well,only God knows.Keep praying-and hoping-my dear fellow citizens.

  • john.cryink - 2012-10-12 07:15

    Is burning of trucks and attacking drivers not terrorism and seeing tha cANCer is saying anything about it. Can it then be accepted that cANCer, cosatu and communists support these attacks?

  • laurencebenravenhill.merry - 2012-10-12 08:45

    Its not just Cape Town this is happening to lol Last week i saw an armored escore long the highway between JHB and PTA for a PnP truck. And no, they probably don't think as far as looting the trucks - they strike for more money, but then end up losing more money than they could have been making, so why loot the trucks that they're about to burn? idiots.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-12 11:10

    What is the reaction from our normally big mouth government to these arson attacks? Destroying not only our economy but property of lawful business. Maybe its time for transport companies to be accompanied by armed escorts in order to prevent this wilful destruction. Union leaders must be brought to book and charged not only for these violent acts but incitement of their members in committing these act. But then again this is South Africa where anything goes!!

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