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Suspect Caught on Dashcam Hijacking Truck, Setting it on Fire as Attacks on Trucks Continue

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A man believed to be part of a group of arsonists going around burning trucks in and around KwaZulu-Natal has been caught on camera hijacking a truck and setting it alight.

The incident occurred earlier this morning on the N2 just north of the Sheepmoor turn-off between Piet Retief and Ermelo.

Approximately four trucks were torched in the latest attacks on trucks in the country, bringing the total to 20.

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According to the truck drivers, five men were involved and were using an old model white Toyota Corolla, which is said to have fled in the direction of Piet Retief.

One of the suspects was filmed by the truck’s dashboard camera forcefully removing the driver from the truck before spraying an unknown substance on the bunk bed and setting it alight.

The public is urged to report to the nearest police if they find the person pictured below.

Suspect Caught on Dashcam Hijacking Truck, Setting it on Fire as Attacks on Trucks Continue
Arsonist filmed on dashcam while burning truck. Screenshot

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According to TimesLive, two trucks were burned in KZN on Monday evening, bringing the total number of trucks set alight to 16 in just two days, after another 14 were burned on Sunday.

The incident on Monday occurred at around 10 pm as the trucks waited in a queue along the N2 highway, according to KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brig Jay Naicker.

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“It is alleged that a group of armed men attacked the drivers of the two trucks and robbed them of their belongings. The men were then forced out of the trucks before the trucks were set alight.”

It is believed that the trucks were set alight at Canefields, situated between eNseleni and Empangeni.

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Naicker confirmed that Empangeni police are investigating a case of armed robbery, malicious damage to property, and attempted murder.

Bongani Gina, communications manager at the City of uMhlathuze, said their emergency services responded to the incident. Fortunately, the drivers were unharmed, he said.

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