Truck hijacked, set alight in Western Cape

2012-10-04 10:42

Cape Town - A truck was hijacked and set alight near George in the Western Cape, police said on Thursday.

Captain Bernadine Steyn said a truck transporting limes in two trailers was driving from Heidelberg to Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night when it was hijacked.

The driver, 51, and passenger, 24, had stopped next to the N2 highway near Wilderness around 23:00 when four men approached them on foot and smashed its windows.

The gang got into the truck and drove with them towards George.

"The suspects stopped once to pick up an object along the road. Near Zone 9, Thembalethu, the truck stopped again and the suspects and the victims descended from the truck, after which one of the suspects set the truck alight."

The driver escaped unhurt while the passenger was slightly injured.

Ongoing strike

Steyn said the men took the passenger's cellphone and fled on foot. No arrests had been made.

According to police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut, three trucks were set alight and three more stoned in the province on Wednesday.

One truck was set alight on the N2 near Cape Town International Airport and the other at Gunners Circle in Epping. A truck was pelted with stones in Gugulethu on Wednesday morning.

Traut said he could not immediately give information on the other attacks. It was not clear whether the violence was linked to an ongoing strike in the freight sector.

Drivers wanted a 12% salary increase while employers offered 8.5% for next year, and another 0.5% the following year.

Negotiations would resume later on Thursday.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-10-04 10:47

    Unions hiring criminals now? Nothing should surprise us anymore. Wonder if they realize they are killing themselves?

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-10-04 11:16

      They don't care as anarchy is in their blood! Just get up to speed and accelerate this country into chaos so we can start cleaning up the scum and return to normal human behaviour! Idiots!!

      vaughan.lund - 2012-10-04 11:38

      Really have to wonder why unions exist. They destroyed the British motor and ship building industries, American motor industry, etc. And here again they are destroying South Africa's mining, motor manufactoring and transport industries. And China, where unions are illegal, is taking over the world. And all unions have successfully given the working class, is we get Saturday off.

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-10-04 10:53

    Have we ever going to have a peaceful strike here in South africa without damaging property or torch the truck. I am not denying people must strike to their employer for better salary but using violence is not the solution.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-04 11:25

      I agree, but remember who their mentors were/are.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-04 11:20

    I think that businesses should be empowered to protect their assets, even if it means having licenced armed guards with the brief to use maximum force if under attack. They must capture this on film to be used later in evidence to support a righteous shoot. These strikers/common criminals/disenfranchised youth have become terrorists in the broadest sense of the term.. We do not negotiate with terrorists. I would rather have a full on enquiry into each 'shoot' than bow to this scourge of terrorism sweeping this country. Would you invest your hard earned cash into a transport business and then see it destroyed by terrorists whose idea of negotiating is 'give or else.....!!!!'

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-10-04 11:41

      That won't happen since for some reason people think it is their right to do whatever. They never learned about marker forces, demand and supply. The fact is the market is oversupplied by workers and the workforce has very low productivity and is overpaid. This whole "economic freedom" and "living wage" is just concepts dreamt up by politicians for votes. As soon as you remove the primary driving force behind business (that would be making a profit) then you might as well close up shop. Just the other day I told this story to a few black workers: Two mines one in SA and on in Tanzania. Both make 10 mil a month but in SA labour costs 5 mil a month and in Tanzania it casts 1 mil a month. They did not understand the concept, they did not understand why this will make the mine close in SA and reopen in Tanzania. All they see is job and then increases. Now please try and explain to them the difference between a job and actual work. Now imagine what the ill informed, uneducated everyday African on the street is thinking. It just can't end well.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-04 11:22

    Unions are creating a decoy inorder to avoid accountability for their members.What has the government done to address criminal activities in our country? NOTHING!, because the majority of the government officials have been involved in crime themselves. Look at the charge list of spearman, that says a lot.

  • tw2066 - 2012-10-04 11:24

    Great to our democrazy at work? So this is what the struuuuugle was all about then?

  • Jane - 2012-10-04 11:24

    An so our country descends in madness while the ANC sits back, cross their arms and watch, completely incapable of ending the anarchy which they themselves started and encouraged. Well done ANC and you mindless followers, we very well might end up like Zimababwe in the next few years. Every sector is having a turn to strike and run wild causing chaos all, the while foreign investors are having second thoughts about investing in a country which has no visible government or leadership. So sad, South Africa had so much potential, but now due to the uncivilised barbarians which we are forced to share our country with, we will never reach our potential, and the people will end up paying the price.

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-10-04 11:24

    This is beyond awful!

  • marc.schnehage - 2012-10-04 11:27

    I wonder where these thugs and hooligans get the notion that seems to enable them to damage and destroy property to further their cause? Must be an African thing.

      Jane - 2012-10-04 11:40

      Sadly, it is. I know some people will jump up and down saying but this happens all over the world. Yes it does, no one is arguing that, but not every day like it is here!

  • riaan.roetz - 2012-10-04 12:03

    For those thinking "oh no, we are going down like ZIM" to late, SA hit the ICEBERG a couple years back... those on the lifeboats won't help... they rather make space in the boat for there BIG POCKET'S FULL OF MONEY!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-04 13:38

    AT THIS RATE WE WONT BE ABLE TO DRIVE FREAKING ANYWHERE!!!!! Modderfontien Rd closed @ Esllen Park. Truck on fire Avoid R25 towards Birchleigh Kempton Park strikers burning down cars and trucks!! Strikers are gathering under R59 bridge already just before Swartkoppies off ramp traveling towards Alberton-About 20 of them -Old Vereeniging Rd, Alrode. Also gathering. Avoid M2 at Grayston. Cars being stoned. 14 cars set alight. Cars piled up in accident to avoid attacking strikers. Motorists fleeing on foot. Metro officers retreated as large group approached them. Metro SAPS stoned as there is a large group that has been moving. Be wary and safe Just received this - Avoid Van Buuren bridge Bedfordview towards Eastgate and Denver bridge towards JNB central strikers are throwing rocks and bottles at motor vehicles passing!! Urgent please broadcast to all!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-04 14:48

      Sorry - we received the above from our shippers so I presumed it was accurate, but apparently it's a hoax. Sorry for the misinformation - this was not my intention.

  • brigitte.liebenberg.5 - 2012-10-04 13:51

    Bring in the Army at the first sign of violence. make the strike illegal at the first dign of violence. If the ANC Gov hadn't stuffed up Transnet, a vast majority of the trucks and truckers would not be on the road - containers etc should go by rail! Then they would not even have jobs. Make the Union replace the burned and damaged trucks. Even though they say it was not their members (hah) this would not be happening if there was ot a strike in progress.

  • Kimson Komodo Chan - 2012-10-04 16:55

    The guys are allowed to strike which is understandable but this violence and burning trucks down must stop.. I feel that police should shoot (I mean rubber bullets and not live ammunition) at these perpetrators. I don't see how these thugs deserve an increase if they destroy whatever they use to earn a living(ie truck driver destroy trucks=more trucks to be bought or higher insurance charge= higher costs =poor financial position= no jobs). Do these brainless idiots know that!!!

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-10-04 18:52

    bye Kev convince the rest of your race as well!!

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-10-04 19:11

    Bye Kev take the rest of your race with you please!!

  • rudi.linsleynoakes - 2012-10-05 03:00

    Unions are only there to line their pockets with the employees money and then increase their salaries to further increase their fee. This is madness, anarchy, ludacris. What is the outcome, rationally? Less money, less food, lesser quality of life, less, less, less. They were moronic to give the Lomnin miners, not quite what they wanted (300% increase, really? Is that heard of?) but they got a substantial increase and created a trend which will further poverty, crime, and a sharp decline of foreign investment. As is, we are increasing our trade deficit as everything is becoming more expensive in SA making it cheaper to import from other countries. We import maize from Middle Africa, Why? Lower Wages! Us as South African's shouldn't tolerate the deprivation of our Rainbow nation, one bad apple shouldn't spoil the bunch? They announced a possible recession based on the sharp increase of 'wage war' and the egotistic spending of much needed funds, only to borrow billions from other First World Countries? Run in debt - remain poor, too many accounts could lead to being blacklisted. This is taking that to a Macro Scale - Hyper Inflation, further poverty, further political unrest, and eventually the Rand depreciates until it flatlines. All for what?

  • rudi.linsleynoakes - 2012-10-05 03:03

    Excuse the typo's, submitted unintentionally before double checking grammer..

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