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Robbers seriously injure trucker, steal 23 tyres from his truck in Witbank

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Mpumalanga police are searching for six suspects who allegedly robbed a truck driver on Friday night at Vosman near Witbank.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the driver was travelling alone near Transalloys when the truck had a mechanical failure.

Upon stopping the truck to check on the problem, the driver was aggressively approached by six armed men who emerged from a bush nearby.

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The men pointed him with firearms and instructed him to open the truck door and in the process, severely assaulted him before tying him with shoelaces.

Brigadier Hlathi said that the suspects forcefully took the man’s belongings, including the truck keys as well as diesel.

They further took twenty-three (23) tyres to the value of approximately R150000-00 and fled the scene.

Police were notified about the incident and attended to the matter, immediately opening a case of car hijacking as well as launching a manhunt for the suspects.

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The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has called for the immediate apprehension of the suspects.

“We are going to hunt these criminals wherever they are hiding and make sure that they are brought to justice before they prey on their next victim. The community should also help us and I urge anyone who might have information regarding these suspects to help us, ‚Äúsaid General Zuma.

Anyone who may have information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to contact Colonel One Thobejane at 0823722195. Members of the public can also call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or by giving a tip-off on the MySAPS app that can be downloaded onto any smartphone. Information can be given anonymously.

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