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SAPS investigates incidents of violence near Lebombo Border Post

Incidents of violence, killing and arson were reported following the recent truck protest that saw traffic gridlocked on the N4 near the Lebombo Border Post.

The Komatipoort police are investigating the shooting of a truck driver and the torching of four vehicles.

A provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, said these incidents are believed to be between truck drivers and members of taxi associations stemming from the truck protest on the N4 near the Lebombo Border Post on Friday, November 17.

“The incident came as a result of dissatisfaction by the truck operators about the services at the border post, to which taxi operators responded,” said Mohlala. “A confrontation ensued between the two parties. It is alleged that during that confrontation, a firearm was discharged, injuring one of the truck drivers who was immediately rushed to hospital for medical attention.”

Mohlala said that in retaliation, it is alleged that the truck drivers torched two vehicles belonging to the taxi association at about 07:30 on Friday.

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He said a case of attempted murder was reported to the Komatipoort SAPS, but that there was no formal case reported yet for malicious damage to property regarding the torching of the taxi patrol vehicles.

“The Komatipoort police registered a public violence report.”

At about 01:30 on Saturday, November 18, two trucks were torched. Mohlala said a case of malicious damage to property was registered.

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The provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, condemned these acts of violence and requested the involved parties to bring the relevant departments on board to come up with an amicable solution.

“We cannot allow this situation in which people’s lives are at stake to continue like this when there are possible solutions,” she said.

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