Police have issued a warning to truck drivers about increasing truck hijackings in the Brits and surrounding areas.
Following recent hijacking incidents, the police urged truck drivers to be vigilant at all times, especially when they have to meet unknown clients. “They must avoid meeting in secluded areas, but rather use frequented public places, such as fuel stations,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Adele Myburgh.
During a recent incident on 13 April, a 59-year-old truck driver was sent by his employer to collect goods in Brits. “He was provided with a cellphone number and location of the client for collection. Upon arrival at the location, he called the client who sent someone to accompany him to the collection site. The truck driver and the man drove to Mothutlung where the pair met with another man who was supposed to direct and accompany them to the collection site. After getting in the truck, he allegedly pointed the driver with a firearm and instructed him to start the truck. A third man emerged, but the driver drove off.”
The driver was forced to stop at the Mothotlung cemetery where he was forced out of the truck at gunpoint. The suspects tied his hands and legs with a rope and robbed him of his cellphone, bank card and an undisclosed amount of cash before driving off with the truck.
In another incident, a 26-year-old truck driver, accompanied by a crew member, went to collect a container in Brits. “Upon arrival at the collection point, they were approached by three unknown males, one with a firearm, who instructed them to stop the truck. The suspects allegedly tied up the victims and searched and robbed them of their cell phones, bank cards and an undisclosed amount of cash before driving off with the truck,” Myburgh said. The victims were dumped in bushes near a mine.