The shooting of a truck driver and the torching of four vehicles are both under investigation by the Komatipoort police.
According to Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, a provincial police spokesman, the truck protest on the N4 near the Lebombo Border Post on Friday, November 17, may have been the cause of these incidents between truck drivers and taxi association members.
According to Mohlala, the incident resulted from the truck operators ‘ complaints about the border post’s services, to which taxi operators responded. ” The two parties got into a fight.” One of the truck drivers is said to have been injured when a gunshot was fired during that altercation and was taken right away to the hospital for medical attention.
Watch: Traffic is backed up past Hectorspruit as trouble erupts on N4 at Lebombo Border Post.
According to Mohlala, the truck drivers allegedly set fire to two taxi association vehicles on Friday around 7:30 in retaliation.
He claimed that although the Komatipoort SAPS had been informed of an attempted murder case, there had not yet been a formal case of malicious property damage involving the torching of taxi patrol vehicles.
” Public violence was reported by the Komatipoort police.”
UPDATE: After a gridlock, N4 near Lebombo Border Post will be opened.
On Saturday, November 18, around 1:30, two trucks were set on fire. A case of intentional property damage was reported, according to Mohlala.
Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, the provincial police commissioner, denounced these violent acts and urged the parties involved to cooperate with the relevant departments to reach a peaceful resolution.
When there are potential solutions, we cannot allow this situation, where people’s lives are on the line, to persist.