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Recent hijackings on South African routes prompt caution from Walvis Bay Corridor Group

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has issued a cautionary advisory to the Namibian transport and logistics sector regarding a spate of hijackings occurring in South Africa. The latest incidents, notably on the N4 route in the vicinity of Rustenburg and Mafikeng along the Trans Kalahari Corridor (TKC), have raised concerns among truck owners, drivers, and operators.

WBCG Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mbahupu H. Tjivikua expressed urgency, stating, “With these latest incidents, truck owners, drivers, and transport operators traveling to and from South Africa are kindly and urgently cautioned of increased incidences of hijacking targeting entire trucks and their consignments. Truck drivers are at high risk of being assaulted or even killed, hence urged to be vigilant and more cautious.”

To mitigate risks, drivers are advised to travel in convoys and promptly report any suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities. In the unfortunate event of a hijacking resulting in the loss of identity documents, affected individuals are encouraged to seek assistance from the Namibian Embassy in Pretoria.

The WBCG’s alert emphasises the importance of heightened awareness and proactive measures to ensure the safety and security of individuals and cargo traversing through affected routes. With collaboration between stakeholders and law enforcement agencies, efforts are underway to address and mitigate the threat posed by these criminal activities.