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Watch: Three trucks stoned and looted during Cape Town lockdown unrests

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At least three trucks have been ambushed by looters in Cape Town in the last 24 hours. This comes after weeks of unrest resulting from stringent lockdown regulations.

Western Cape police say opportunistic criminal elements have taken advantage of the public’s lack of food and financial aid.

Police are investigating a case of public violence and looting after a crowd stoned an ice-cream truck and looted it on Thursday.

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Both police and the City of Cape Town have confirmed that no persons were wounded during the attack which took place along Jakes Gerwel Drive and Vlei Street in Samora Machel at 14h30.

The truck could be seen lying on its side with broken glass and stock strewn across the road.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirms the incident and says criminals initially attacked two trucks but one got away.

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The ice cream truck was looted after the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned.

“A case of Public Violence and looting has been opened for investigation after an incident that occurred today at 14h30 at Jakes Gerwel Street Vlei Samora Machel.

“According to information two delivery trucks were driving along Jakes Gerwel Drive when a crowd of people suddenly started throwing stones at them.

“The one truck driver drove away. The other truck from an ice cream company overturned after the driver lost control.

“The crowd started to loot the truck. Police and Law Enforcement officers arrived on the scene and the people ran away. No injuries reported.”

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Inspector Wayne Dyason, the spokesperson for City Law Enforcement, confirms they were on the scene and says Duinefontein Road was temporarily closed to clear the scene

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