Army opens fire on Netstar, police van in Kosi Bay

The tracking vehicle and police van were in pursuit of a hijacked truck heading into Mozambique.

FILE. Soldiers opened fire on a tracking vehicle & police who failed to identify themselves while pursuing a hijacked truck. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says soldiers stationed at an observation post near the Mozambican border were forced to open fire on a tracking vehicle and a police van because they failed to identify themselves while in pursuit of a hijacked truck.

The soldiers reportedly fired up to 40 rounds at a Netstar tracking vehicle and the police at the Kosi Bay Border Post.

No one was injured but the hijacked truck and two other people in a bakkie behind them managed to escape into Mozambique.

The incident happened on Monday night and the SANDF says soldiers tried to stop the vehicles before firing.

Spokesperson Xolani Mabanga says, "Officials from the SANDF used a torch to try and signal them to slow down and stop, which did not happen. The soldiers then opened fire on the vehicles tyres. Once the tyres were deflated, the vehicles stopped."