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Police officers allegedly part of syndicate that hijacked trucks on R59

Three Police officers that have been allegedly hijacking trucks on freeways have been arrested.  A City of Ekurhuleni Metro Police, VIP protection unit officer,  a SA Police Service flying squad, and a civilian were spotted driving a vehicle fitted with false plates in Johannesburg.

Upon investigation, it was discovered the suspects had earlier allegedly dropped off a fully loaded truck. They are part of a syndicate that has been hijacking trucks on R59, N3, Kliprivier, and other routes in Gauteng.

They were kept under surveillance while NTACU called for backup from SA Police Service crime intelligence and Gauteng highway patrol. When confronted they were found in possession of state-issued firearms.

Several trucks were set alight on the R59 near Alberton in Gauteng on the 28th of January 2021, the Ekurhuleni metro police department (EMPD) said.

Five trucks were set on fire between Parys and Sasolburg on the R59 on the 22nd of November 2020 and just a few days after that, 2 trucks were set alight near Alberton on the R59.

Nine trucks were torched on Thursday 19 November 2020 on the N3.

Huge traffic jam on N1 Johannesburg, as truck bursts into flames

There were scenes of utter carnage on both carriageways of the N1 in Johannesburg on Wednesday, when a truck overturned and sparked an inferno earlier this afternoon. The tragic incident has forced emergency crews into a rapid response, but there are some serious fears for the driver of the lorry that erupted into flames.

Preliminary data has revealed that the truck was carrying two trailers, before it ploughed into oncoming traffic. We are yet to establish if any deaths have been reported, but several injuries have already been registered with the first responders.

  • We understand a large truck went over the central reservation before bursting into flames
  • Unverified reports also state that a taxi was involved in a collision with the HGV.
  • Both carriageways of the N1 are badly affected, with traffic at a standstill in Allandale.
  • Motorists have been advised to stay away from this region of Johannesburg.

On Tuesday, we saw a fire engulf a chemical plant in New Germany, KZN, causing a traffic nightmare on the outskirts of Durban. A similar event has taken place in Johannesburg, and cars remain gridlocked near the junctions for Allandale.

Alternative routes to this stretch of the N1 are also now filling-up, as drivers look for a way around this devastating incident. Police remain on the scene and they have ruled out ‘criminal activity’ during the early stages of their probe.

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