MEC Vusi Shongwe condemns the torching of trucks  




MEC Vusi Shongwe condemns the torching of trucks. Picture Credit: TimesLive

Machardodorp:Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison Vusi Shongwe has condemned the two incidences of torching of trucks in the strongest possible terms.

The first incident took place on the N4 Toll Road near Machardodorp where five trucks torched just before midnight on Sunday (09 July 2023). The second incident involved four trucks that were set alight on the N2 road between Piet Retief and Ermelo.

The MEC says the Security Cluster and all role players have since been called to work around the clock to bring the perpetrators to book.

He is also calling on members of the public and the trucking industry to provide any valueble information that may assist the police to bring the perpetrators to book.

“Although we don’t know whether the two cases are related or not, they are causing the country great damage and this, in our view ,constitutes to economic sabotage. The trucking industry plays an important role in the development of our economy and sustenance of livelihoods.

We believe with a more coordinated effort in approaching this situation perpetrators will be brought to book. It is worrisome that trucks seem to be constantly targeted by some community members especially when they protest .

They have often blockaded the roads using trucks and this has placed many truck drivers’ lives in danger,” says MEC Vusi Shongwe.



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