Water truck torched by masked men in Eastern Cape
Two men driving a water truck were held up by a group of masked men in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, on Monday 25 May, with the weapon-wielding group setting fire to the truck once the drivers had been forced from the vehicle.
Police are investigating the crime, which appears to be in aid of a malicious intention to disrupt the delivery of water to the local communities.
Motive remains unknown
The truck was heading for Port Elizabeth down the R334 when they noticed that the road ahead was blocked by burning tyres.
Before they had a chance to perform a U-turn having anticipated that something was wrong, they were ambushed by 10 men who were brandishing a variety of dangerous weapons.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Majola Nkohli said that the motive for the remained unknown, however the truck was quickly torched by the group as the drivers fled for safety.
“Police are investigating a case of malicious damage to property after a water truck was torched in Uitenhage,” he said.
“On Monday, 25 May 2020 around 8:30, a driver of a contracted water truck alleged that he was driving on R334 known as Rocklands Road in Uitenhage when he noticed that the road ahead was blocked with burning tyres, he stopped so as to make a U-turn.”
“He further said that as he was busy with a manoeuvre, a group of about 10 people armed with dangerous weapons forced him and his assistant out of the truck. A group allegedly left the truck on the road and torched it.”
Nkholi added that the men were wearing face masks at the time of the attack.
“At this stage, a motive for the attack is unknown and the suspects who were said to be wearing face masks are also unknown.”
The driver and his colleague were able to hitchhike to safety, and no arrests have yet been made, with police appealing to the public for information regarding the incident.