Police in Phalaborwa, Limpopo are investigating three cases of malicious damage to property, after three trucks were burnt on Wednesday. The incident took place at around 19:00.

According to information, the members of the community went on a rampage, barricading the R40 and R71 with stones, branches of trees and also burned tyres.

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Allegedly, some unruly and opportunistic criminals took advantage of the protest. They attacked the three truck drivers and ordered them out of the trucks in the process.

They then searched them and robbed them of their cell phones and went on to burn their trucks. The damage is estimated at a value of R2 million.

The motive behind the incident is currently unknown at this stage. But police investigations are underway. No one has been arrested yet.

Three trucks burnt following community protests in Phalaborwa
Phalaborwa burnt Truck


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered a massive manhunt for the suspects.

“No one has a right to take the law into his or her own hands. We urge our communities to resolve their disputes amicably by engaging the local leadership rather than resorting to acts of violence.

“Any damage to property or essential infrastructure is punishable by law,” remarked General Thembi Hadebe.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects involved should contact Detective Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Freddie Lubbe at 082 573 3601. Crime stop number or also the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.