On Wednesday evening the 4th of August at 18:10, the N2 at Acacia, just outside of Ermelo, was blocked with a truck that was on fire.
Later that evening a message was sent out to WhatsApp groups to inform all motorists to avoid the N2 between Piet Retief and Ermelo. It seemed that mainly trucks were under attack on this road by villains. Some vehicles were also damaged. Motorists were advised to reroute and use the Amsterdam road as an alternative.
According to Colonel Ncgobo on Thursday the 5th of August, the situation in Ermelo was calm, but he said that with the night approaching anything could happen. He warned that motorists who use the N2 should be vigilant, especially truck drivers. Colonel Ncgobo also once again advised motorists to avoid the N2 and to rather use the R33 Amsterdam road.
Date: 6 August 2021
Provincial Commissioner called on the public to respect the rule of law as five are due to appear before the court for public violence.
Nelspruit – The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, has called on the public to respect the rule of law as five suspects were arrested and are due to appear before the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 10 August 2021. This comes after three trucks and a bakkie were set alight as well as two other trucks damaged at Ermelo in the evening of Wednesday, 4 August 2021.
Reports indicate that the incident erupted following a labour-related dispute at a construction site at Merino Mall in Ermelo. A case of public violence was opened while no injuries were reported.
The said situation prompted the SAPS members and their counterparts from the South African Defence Force (SANDF) to be on high alert where they heightened their visibility whilst monitoring the situation on the N2 in Ermelo, following the incident. These formations also worked around the clock to ensure that the suspects are brought to book. A breakthrough was then made when the five, aged between 30 and 58 were arrested by the police at Ermelo on Thursday, 5 August 2021.
Colonel Donald Mdhluli
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