Truck attacks: Ministers say criminality must stop

JOHANNESBURG – Criminality must stop. That’s the word from the Ministers of Transport, Police and Home Affairs who are tasked with tackling attacks on trucks.

Dozens of trucks have been targeted in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, the Free State and Mpumalanga and many of them set alight.

At least one driver has been killed.

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Minister Fikile Mbalula says the burning of freight vehicles has serious implications for the economy.

“We are worried and we are doing something about it,” he said.

“We condemn the acts of violence in the strongest possible terms and we commit ourselves to doing everything in our power to get the culprits who are hell-bent on torching the trucks.”

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Mbalula said violent acts will be met with the wrath of the law.

“It will not be tolerated and we’ll nip it in the bud,” Mbalula said.

Police Minister Bheki Cele said if push comes to shove, the SANDF will be deployed.

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“If needs be, we are in a position to deploy the members of the South African National Defence [Force],” Cele said.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the task team working to prevent truck attacks will make public its interventions once it has briefed President on its plans.

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