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WATCH: De Doorns protest action turns to truck looting spree

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Cape Town – Videos of the De Doorns community looting trucks which they forcefully stopped during a protest have gone viral on social media.

On Thursday, strike action in De Doorns turned to looting with residents seen making off with TVs and other goods after they attacked two trucks.

The protesters are reportedly farmworkers who are striking for higher wages.

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Western Cape SAPS spokesperson, Noloyiso Rwexana said at the time, that police were on the scene and are investigating.

“Public Order Policing (POP) Units and other Law Enforcement Agencies are on the scene in De Doorns where community members embarked on a strike. Two trucks were reported looted, police are following up on the people who looted the truck.

One of the trucks looted was operated by SG Freight. The company’s Nicholas Pillay said the vehicle was transporting spices worth an undisclosed sum of money.

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“It is becoming a real problem. There was another incident on Monday, where they stopped the driver and stole his keys,” he said.

“The driver from today is safe. They stoned the vehicle and stole the batteries. They took the whole load.”

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said that due to the unrest and protest action in the area that the N1 in De Doorns has been closed in both directions.

He also advised drivers on possible alternate routes available to them.

“Alternative route coming from Touwsriver turn right at the foot of the Hexriver Pass through De Doorns town to get back onto the N1.

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“Coming from Worcester please turn left into De Doorns and connect back onto the N1 at the foot of the Hexriver Pass,” Africa said.

WATCH ALSO: Trucker trampled to death by looters after crash in De Doorns

“Situation is currently very tense and volatile. There is a high police presence.”

Many who have seen the videos have shared their thoughts on the matter, and called for SAPS to act swiftly.

Ncedo Rwexwana: “Go to each and every household and if anyone doesn’t have proof of purchase they must be sent to jail we can’t continue like this if we’re building a nation.”

Pravin Pillay: “No respect or compassion for anyone. These are thugs the worst of the worst while crying for help destroying a struggling economy. Many truckers are considering closing up losing valuable staff simply because it’s hard to run these days. Be strong truckers this is only the start of things to happen.”

Vusumuzi Tshuma Very unfortunate the nation has such a mentality. There is absolutely no reason to justify this.”

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