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11 Sep 2021
5:59 pm

Police stop truck transporting 100 bodies in WC

Citizen reporter

Western Cape police spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut said the truck was pulled over during a routine traffic stop

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Western Cape police have confirmed that a truck en route from Somerset West to the Eastern Cape was pulled over carrying 100 bodies.

Police spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut said the stop was a routine traffic stop.

Speaking to The Citizen he said: “The truck was transporting 106 bodies from the undertaker, they did have the permit to do so.”

He added that the truck is en route to its destination in the Eastern Cape at the time of writing.

In a separate matter, a man shocked motorists in June after illegally hitching a free ride by clinging to the back of a truck without the driver noticing.

The man clung to the back of the truck for dear life and repeatedly peered around to see if the driver had noticed him. Lourika Botha was driving from Vereeniging in the direction of Sasolburg in the morning when she noticed the illegal passenger.

Botha then drove past the truck and realised the driver was not aware of his passenger at all.

“From the front of the truck you could not see there was anyone behind the truck,” she said.

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Recently a multidisciplinary roadblock was held on the N9 national road between Aberdeen and Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape on Friday.

The departments that formed part of the roadblock were, the police, provincial and municipal traffic, Graaff Reinet K-9 Dog Unit and emergency services, the statement read.

Arrests:

  • 412 – vehicles stopped and checked.
  • 42 traffic fines issued – (R 152,000)
  • Three J534 fines issued- (R 3000-00)

Acting district commissioner, Brigadier John Lebok welcomed the multi-disciplinary operation held and said it “sensitize the community to ensure that motor vehicles are roadworthy and to comply with the regulations as set out in the Road Traffic Act.”

Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele