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Truck looted on N12 near Hopetown

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Hundreds of community members looted a truck that was involved in a minor accident near Hopetown on January 24.

A heavy-duty truck was looted outside Hopetown on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Supplied

HUNDREDS of community members looted a truck that was involved in a minor accident on the N12 near Hopetown on January 24.

FF+ Thembelihle councillor Paul van Niekerk, who drove past the scene at around 5pm, said residents from Strydenburg and Hopetown flocked to the accident scene on foot.

“Twenty-four pallets containing boxes of fruit juice that were shrink-wrapped with plastic were stolen off the back of the truck,” said Van Niekerk.

“The truck was travelling from Cape Town to Gauteng and sustained minor damages. The scene was not properly cordoned off to prevent the looting. Traffic was also disrupted.”

Van Niekerk added that it took more than two hours to clear the road.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sergio Kock said yesterday that two trucks collided on the N12 about 20 kilometres outside of Hopetown on Wednesday at about 4.10pm.

“The collision caused the canvas of one of the trucks to rip open. This gave the community access to the goods inside,” said Kock.

He stated that eight members of the Hopetown SAPS Visible Policing unit were dispatched to the scene.

“They found more than 1 000 community members already at the scene upon their arrival. The police immediately enforced crowd control and directed the traffic on the busy N12 road and the crowd dispersed.”

Kock said that no arrests had been made.

“However, an accident report has been registered. The truck drivers escaped the accident unscathed. The investigation continues,” he added.

A heavy-duty truck was looted outside Hopetown on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Supplied
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