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Police Hunt for Trucker After Fatal Shooting of Cargo Robber at Ventersburg Truck Stop

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A 19-year-old suspected cargo thief was shot dead by a truck driver at the Ventersburg Truck stop after allegedly stealing his cargo.

The tragic event happened in the afternoon on Saturday 20 January 2024.

It’s alleged that the deceased was part of a three man gang who stole from the driver’s truck.

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The African male sustained a gunshot wound to the back of his neck.

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Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng provided insight into the incident, stating, “Three shots were fired as the truck driver confronted three boys who allegedly stole from the truck. The deceased, identified as Mokhethi Hlakoana (19), lost his life at the scene.”

Eyewitnesses recounted that the two remaining boys fled with stolen Darling hair pieces, leaving a bag of hair pieces next to the deceased.

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Captain Thakeng added, “A case of murder has been registered for further investigation, and we urge anyone with information about the truck driver’s whereabouts to contact Detective Sergeant Mosiuoa Keketsi.”

Ventersburg Truck Stop has been under seige for years as robbers frequently steal from unsuspecting truck drivers.

Drivers are afraid to confront them as it’s not known if they are armed.

Watch: Ventersburg Truck Stop Cargo Thieves Captured On Camera As Cases Escalate

Earlier this week, SA Trucker posted a video of the menacing thieves stealing from a tautliner trailer. Also see the other numerous posts about the thuggery that has been going on at this truck stop at the end of the article.

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SA Trucker was unable to get a comment from the truck stop owners about the incident.

You can reach Detective Keketsi at 060 878 6341 or report anonymously via the MySAPS App or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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