Gauteng police hunt armed suspects after 2 trucks held up, torched in Daveyton

Two drivers escaped unharmed when their trucks were petrol-bombed on the N12 east of Johannesburg early on Wednesday morning.

One of two trucks that were on fire on the N12 in Daveyton, Benoni on 25 November 2020. Picture: Via @EWNTraffic/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police are searching for armed men who held up two truck drivers on the N12 highway before setting their vehicles alight.

Some roads had to be closed in Daveyton in Benoni following Wednesday morning's violent attack.

This is the latest violence on trucks after at least 29 of them were targeted in the country this past week, allegedly in protest to the employment of foreign nationals in the sector.

READ: Ongoing freight industry violence claims life of 45-year-old truck driver

The police's Brenda Murudili: "As law enforcement, we will deal decisively with criminal activities to ensure that lives of law-abiding citizens are not put in danger. We'll also not tolerate any intimidation against truck drivers and other road users."

The Road Freight Industry is calling for stronger action and intervention from the Presidency amid fresh attacks on at least two trucks in Gauteng.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the violence, saying that it will cause disruption to the country's economic recovery.

The Road Freight Association's Gavin Kelly: "We've called on the president to take a leading role, we've called on him to show South Africa where we need to go. The response is greatly appreciated and he's saying the right things but I think we still want him to drive this process."

President Ramaphosa expressed his deep concern over the matter in a statement on Tuesday night.

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