SWAZI TRUCK DRIVER WANTED IN SA

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Si­fiso Nh­la­batsi

A truck driver who was em­ployed in South Africa has since be­come the most wanted per­son af­ter he al­legedly sold a trailer with it’s load in Dur­ban.

Boy-Boy Mfanawakhe Dlamini is now wanted by the South African Po­lice Ser­vice for a case of theft. In­for­ma­tion gath­ered is that the sus­pect, who was em­ployed as an in­ter­na­tional truck driver, drove the truck in ques­tion from Jo­han­nes­burg to Dur­ban.

It is al­leged he sold the trailer and its load at a place known as Cato Ridge truck stop to an un­known per­son. The truck which was fer­ry­ing goods is said to have been dis­cov­ered parked in Pine­town. The con­tainer, with iden­tity num­ber is MSKU0455710, was nowhere to be found.

It is al­leged that the driver parked the truck at Pine­town and took a taxi back to the coun­try (Swazi­land). A case against the Swazi has since been opened by his em­ployer. The trailer which was al­leged to have been sold by the sus­pect is reg­is­tered ND713271.

The con­tainer is from Mearsk con­tain­ers. South African po­lice have since ap­pealed to any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the crime to as­sist them.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the trailer had a load of alu­minum and plas­tic. Such an in­ci­dent has sparked a se­ri­ous de­bate in South Africa with most peo­ple claim­ing that most com­pa­nies es­pe­cially in the trans­port in­dus­try pre­fer to hire Swazis in­stead of South Africans.

This has even led to some com­mu­ni­ties protest­ing and burn­ing trucks for a cer­tain com­pany which hires for­eign­ers only. Such an in­ci­dent comes at a time when six men were re­cently given a hefty sen­tence for hi­jack­ing trucks which they then sold to the coun­try.

In­for­ma­tion shared by the South African po­lice ser­vice was to the ef­fect that the Di­rec­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion (Hawks) in the Free State wel­comed the hefty sen­tences im­posed by the Har­ri­smith High Court to Fer­nando Filepe (44), Eric Ma­suku (30), Al­bert Ny­oni (38), Mas­ter Mashaba (38) and Tha­bane Zondo (40) for sev­eral Preven­tion of Or­gan­ised Crime Act (POCA) charges of truck hi­jack­ing and kid­nap­ping.

It is al­leged that the group was ar­rested in the Free State and Gaut­eng re­spec­tively by the Hawks’ Se­ri­ous Or­gan­ised Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion unit dur­ing project driven in­ves­ti­ga­tions in Oc­to­ber 2015. It is said the in­ves­ti­ga­tions were ini­ti­ated fol­low­ing in­ci­dents of truck hi­jack­ings on the high­ways in the East­ern Free State, Gaut­eng and Mpumalanga.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions im­pli­cated the ac­cused in about 12 hi­jack­ings be­tween 2012 and 2015, wherein trucks were robbed of cargo val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately E8.5 mil­lion.

The truck driv­ers were threat­ened with firearms, forced to ac­com­pany the sus­pects and dropped off at iso­lated ar­eas. Five of the trucks were re­cov­ered in Mpumalanga and one in Swazi­land” part of the re­port read.

MOST WANTED: Boy Boy Dlamini is wanted for sell­ing a truck trailer in South Africa.

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