A white bakkie, which was allegedly used to carry stolen goods in Pietermaritzburg, went up in flames in Pelham on Sunday.
While some alleged that it had been petrol bombed, others suspected it was an electrical fault.
It had allegedly been stopped by members of the community watch, manning a barricade in Pelham on Monday last week.
On Sunday, at around 2.20 pm, it went up in flames. Witnesses said a white single-cab bakkie, with a braai or half drum on the back, drove up to the barricade and threw the petrol bomb at it.
The Witness was also told that the bakkie was used to transport a load of stolen goods. Its occupants were taken to the Alexandra Police Station and all the stolen goods were confiscated.
Officers then discovered that the bakkie had previously been used in a housebreaking and was actually a stolen vehicle.
As the police did not have room to store the vehicle they left the bakkie in Pelham. The following morning they discovered that the battery was gone.
“It has literally been standing there, in the same place, since Monday night,” reliable sources told The Witness.
“What it sounds like happened, is that the suspects that were involved in using that vehicle have gone to burn it to get rid of evidence.”
It’s the latest in a number of odd incidents, which have occurred in the Pelham and Scottsville area, said one Pelham resident.
“A Ford Ranger drove straight through one of the barricades, and at night there have been vehicles coming slowly towards the barricades with their lights off,” he added.
“When the guys approach them, they switch their lights on and drive off.”
The resident said they were unsure if community barricades were being targeted deliberately, or if criminals simply wanted to target shops and liquor stores in the Pelham area.
“We’ve sent messages out to all the guys to stay on high alert as we’re not sure what’s going on,” he added.