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.