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2023/09/11      |  Written By:  Colonel D Mdhluli   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 09 September 2023  - The Police in komatipoort have taken in four men for questioning following an incident in which more than 32 000 litres of diesel was stolen from a truck which was reportedly hijacked in Hectorspruit near Komatipoort on Thursday night, 07 September 2023 around 21h00.

According to information, on the said the driver of a truck, loaded with diesel was traveling along the N4 Road and decided to stop at a certain fuel station at Mjejana (Hectorspruit). He then reportedly went to a kiosk. On his return, it is alleged that he was accosted by three armed men who held him at gunpoint. It is further reported that the suspects allegedly hijacked the driver of his truck only to abandon it later along the N4 Road near komatipoort after draining the diesel.

The matter was reported to the Police where a case was opened for investigation. Members of the police from Komatipoort CSC were on a lookout and their vigilance paid off when they spotted some JoJo tanks along the N4 Road in Hectorspruit. Upon questioning a man who was found in the premises where the tanks were, they discovered that there was something which was not adding up. The astute members are said to have went on and opened a tap from the tanks. It was during this time when they discovered that the tanks were infact containing diesel.

On further investigation, SAPS members were led to a certain premises where they discovered a car Jammer, pallet gun, and a firearm. Three more individuals were located and the men and women in Blue continued with their probe then the investigation led them to another premises at Mjejejane Trust whereby a certain truck was found with about 1500 litres of diesel. The investigation about this truck is underway and it will include details of where and when was it stolen or hijacked.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has applauded members for such brilliant and outstanding performance they displayed after the hijacking and the robbery of the diesel truck. "We are very much appreciative for the great work that has been done by the members. This is the calibre of police officers that are needed if we are to win the battle against crime, " said the General.


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A truck was found with about 1500 litres of diesel.