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Residents break lockdown rules to loot meat from truck involved in accident

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When a truck delivering meat got involved in an accident near Hazyview in Mpumalanga, residents ‘forgot’ the lockdown rules and stampeded the scene to steal from the truck.

According to the residents, they pounced after the meat delivery truck rammed into a tree on Friday morning.

Some of the residents told said that the driver of the meat delivery truck lost control of the vehicle.

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“Yes, the driver was there, we saw that he’s transporting meat to big shops and we helped ourselves. We couldn’t resist because we don’t have enough food while we are locked down in our houses. We asked the driver if he’s okay and then we took the meat and more and more people came from their houses to loot too,” said a community member who didn’t want to be named.

Spokesperson of the Mpumalanga department of community safety, security and liaison Moeti Mmusi condemned the behaviour, saying it compromises the lockdown regulations and road safety.

“As the department we condemn such behavior from our community because that on its own compromises the lockdown regulations in terms of curbing the spread of coronavirus because they caused a stampede when they all ran for the meat. Again it also compromises road safety because cars are being distracted and that also constitutes criminality because what they did was straight theft,” said Mmusi.

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Residents loot meat truck

Hazy view residents loot meat truck

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