Petrol bombed truck driver fights for his life

03 June 2019 - 08:54 By Dan Meyer
Truck driver Bernard Groenewald is fighting for his life after his vehicle was petrol bombed near Touws River on Sunday.
Truck driver Bernard Groenewald is fighting for his life after his vehicle was petrol bombed near Touws River on Sunday.
Image: Facebook/Bernard Groenewald

The next 48 hours will be "critical” for a truck driver who was chased by attackers after they petrol bombed his vehicle while he was resting on the side of the N1 highway near Touws River in the Western Cape.

Yolanda Huddlestone, from Huddlestone Logistics, said that 50-year-old Bernard Groenewald had sustained serious burns to more than 60% of his body during the attack in the early hours of Sunday morning. She added that the next 48 hours would be critical for the injured driver.

“Our drivers aren’t safe on the roads anymore. We don’t know where you can park safely,” she said.

Huddlestone said that between 11pm and 4am crime was so bad on the road that in some cases insurance was reluctant to cover losses. "They just attack you and transport drivers are fed up,” she added.

Groenewald's wife, Ciska, told Die Burger: “He really doesn’t look good, but we are just hoping that he can make it.”

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said Groenewald was found “some distance” away from the flaming truck.

“He managed to jump out of the truck and was apparently chased by an unknown number of men, who threw another petrol bomb directly at him,” he said in a statement.

Ciska said since no cargo had been taken, she believed the perpetrators were “just causing trouble”.

No arrests had been made and a case of attempted murder was opened by police.

This is the latest in a series of attacks on truck drivers across the country. Trucks were torched at the weekend in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Road Freight Association revealed in May that 1,300 trucks had been damaged or destroyed since last year.


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