The Mpumalanga police are still on a manhunt for the suspects who torched 6 trucks on Monday night. No arrests have been made so far.
Four of the destroyed vehicles were set alight on the way to Eskom power station in Arnot. Three trucks had been torched not far from the power station, and another one close to Matla mine.
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, one of the drivers was thrown out of his truck by someone accusing him of working while others were on strike.
Another driver was assaulted while he was asleep in his truck parked in Hendrina. An unknown man broke the window and ordered the motorist to leave the vehicle. A group of 8 in total threatened the driver, so he did what he was told.
“One of them took out a box of matches and set his blankets, which were in the truck, alight,” Hlathi explained.
The suspects then used a White Toyota Corolla as a getaway vehicle.
The sixth truck was reportedly torched in Kriel.
The damage equals approximately R5 million.
“At this stage police are investigating cases of malicious damage to property and request anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in burning of the trucks,” Hlathi concluded.
A similar incident was registered on Sunday night in KwaZulu-Natal where three trucks had been found in flames on the N3. Their drivers had disappeared before the firefighters arrived at the scene.