WATCH | Two trucks set alight on N12 near Daveyton, freeway closed

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The spate of attacks on trucks continued on Wednesday morning when two trucks were set alight on the N12 highway near Daveyton in Ekurhuleni.

According to Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng, both directions of the N12 have been closed since 05:30 and police were on the scene to investigate. Motorists have been advised to use alternative routes.

Pictures of the burning trucks have been circulating on Twitter.

Mary Phadi, president of the Truckers Association of South Africa, confirmed the incident. According to Phadi, no one was injured.

She told News24 the attacks stem from unhappiness about the employment of drivers from other countries. 

On Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the violence and vandalism that is affecting the road freight industry.

News24 previously reported that five trucks were set alight on the R59 between Parys and Sasolburg just before 21:00 on Saturday. Last week, nine trucks with trailers were torched in Heidelberg. On Tuesday morning, two truck drivers narrowly escaped infernos when their trucks were allegedly petrol bombed in Mpumalanga.

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One of the trucks set alight on the N12.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Brenda Muridili said the police's National Crime Scene Management was on the scene.

"No arrests have been made yet. We are appealing to anyone with information on the perpetrators to call our Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or to send tip-offs on the MySAPS app. Callers may remain anonymous."

More to follow.

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