- Food trucks were looted near Cape Town on Monday amid the the growing desperation due to the coronavirus lockdown
- The trucks were due to deliver food parcels to destitute families but the supplies never reached their intended recipients
- South Africans have condemned the actions of the looters
A video has surfaced of a mob looting a food truck near Cape Town off the N2. Beside ransacking the truck, the group also stoned the vehicle.
SowetanLIVE reported that the looting took place on Monday in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town.
“Four trucks doing deliveries in the area were pelted with stones and robbed of cargo. Two of these trucks were transporting food parcels to bring relief to the community of Bishop Lavis,” said Sgt Noloyiso Rwexana.
Briefly.co.za learned that in total, four trucks were looted; two were delivering food parcels, a third belonged to Checkers and the fourth truck's owner has not yet been identified.
Four of the looters were into custody by the authorities.
“Two of the suspects will be charged with public violence and two for the possession of stolen goods,” said Rwexana.
She added that more arrests could be made.
“Our members will remain in the area to search for those involved and to maintain law and order. Drivers of delivery trucks are warned to be cautious when visiting the area. Certain routes may be affected or closed due to the situation.”
South Africans were not impressed. With so many people relying on those food parcels, they did not approve of the mobs' actions, especially for those who are patiently waiting for those parcels and not taking the law into their own hands.
@PelelaniGambu: These are just thugs... I don't care how you justify it.
@uKarabo_: Mara these people are hooligans yazi.
@THANDIW0711: This has nothing to do with hunger but ukunyoluka, they would still so it even if there was no lockdown.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Western Cape police officials had confirmed that 16 suspects stormed a supermarket in Gatesville, Athlone, looting cash registers, money and groceries on 15 April.
However, this is just one of three incidents in the region on Tuesday afternoon, prompting the authorities to reinforce deployments.
The suspects were seen fleeing the scene of the crime with baskets and trolleys packed with stolen groceries, a sign that the lockdown measures are pushing citizens to desperate measures.