Police have arrested 10 suspects at a house in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, in connection with the hijacking of a truck in Cleveland on Friday night.
Police Spokesperson, Kay Makhubele says the suspects were found loading the stolen cargo into another vehicle. Makhubele says two more suspects were found hiding in a cupboard inside the house.
“Two other cars were found in the yard loaded with more stolen property. The SAPS members further searched the house and found more stolen property in the bedrooms. One of the suspects is a female who is also the owner of the house; she was found hiding in a cupboard. The suspects will be charged with truck hijacking and possession of stolen property. They will further be profiled to determine if they may be linked to other crimes committed, especially hijacking related crimes.”
Truck drivers protest on the N3 Van Reenen’s Pass against the employment of foreign drivers
Meanwhile, the South African Cargo Transport Drivers Association (SACTDA) claims that truck drivers who have blocked the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng are protesting against the employment of foreign drivers.
Trucks closed off the highway in both directions since the early hours of Friday morning, forcing a lengthy traffic backlog.
Police at the scene are trying to clear the area.
The organisation says their members resorted to the action after their concerns went unheard.
President of the South African Cargo Transport Drivers Association, Daniel Mofokeng, accused the government of doing nothing about the high unemployment rate.
“Who is actually causing the high unemployment rate? It is these foreigners and now the government is also standing on their sides whereas we are raising genuine issues. These people are even driving without valid permits and licences and our government is doing nothing about that. You know how many positions have been declared redundant because of the foreigners because once a foreigner has been employed they can multi-task, my brother. Now we don’t have people as assistants, that is what is happening there in the KZN area. These people are getting many and many in the industry.”
11h12 03/12 #N3TrafficUpdate: #N3Obstruction N3-6X Km 60 near #VanReenen. The road is currently CLOSED. #TugelaPlaza is CLOSED to #N3JoburgBound traffic. Law enforcement is on scene monitoring the situation. Motorists are advised to delay travel to the area.
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