FOUR Zambian truck drivers have been attacked in South Africa and their trucks taken away.
Although the four have not been harmed, they were tied up and dumped near the place the attacks took place.
The incident was confirmed by Naomi Nyawali, the first secretary press and public relations at
Zambia’s High Commission in South Africa.
Nyawali explained that the four trucks belonged to different companies in Zambia and the hijacking happened in Johannesburg.
Nyawali said the people behind the attack have not been identified.
“The trucks that were coming from Zambia to South Africa carried different vehicle engines for reconditioning in wadeville and Kempton park garages in South Africa,” Nyawali stated.
She said according to the information made available to the Zambian Mission in Pretoria, three trucks were hijacked in Wadeville, Germiston whilst the other truck was hijacked in Joeslovo Gauteng Province in the early hours of yesterday.
“The trucks were being driven by Zambian nationals identified as Katongo Mulenga, Boniface Chabala, Jimmy Kasenga and Charles Kakoma,” Nyawali said.
“It was reported that the drivers were tied with cable wires and bundled in a car before being dumped at the roadside near the area where the attack happened. The matter has been reported to Cleveland and John Foster police posts for investigations.”
Nyawali said no injuries were reported as a result of the hijacking and the affected Zambians are safe.
“The High Commission is monitoring the matter closely and has engaged relevant local authorities to ensure the safety of Zambians in South Africa as well as ensure that the trucks were recovered,” said Nyawali.