Truck driver, assistant and tavern owner arrested for false liquor truck hijacking

Uitenhage – Three men have been arrested for reporting a false truck hijacking case at the Uitenhage police station on Friday, police said.

Sergeant Majola Nkohli said a preliminary investigation revealed that a truck driver and his assistant conspired with a tavern owner in Kirkwood, where the stock of liquor that had been in the truck was recovered.

"Police also recovered a burnt and abandoned truck near Wolwefontein," said Nkohli.

They had reported the case around 12:00 and had been arrested by 14:00, said Nkohli.

"The provincial anti-hijacking task team arrested the three men for submitting false statements, recovered a large stock of liquor and a damaged truck," he said.

The three men, aged between 22 and 54, will appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court on Monday, September 11 on charges of perjury, malicious damage to property and theft, he said.