A newly acquired, bright-red fire engine belonging to the Ngwathe Municipality in Parys, Free State, has disappeared.
Municipal officials reportedly discovered that the Toyota Land Cruiser fire truck was missing on Tuesday night.
“There is no sign of a break-in, or that there was tampering with the locks of the building,” Free State police spokesperson Constable Peter Kareli told Bloemfontein Afrikaans daily Volksblad.
Police were investigating a vehicle theft charge. Whether the keys were left in the vehicle regularly will form part of the probe.
The newspaper reported that the vehicle was given to the municipality by the Fezile Dabi district municipality just over a year ago, when it was handed over with much fanfare and local media coverage.
The newspaper reported that it could not obtain comment from the municipality.