Two truck drivers were hijacked in Mpumalanga in the last two days, police said on Tuesday.
Superintendent Abie Khoabane said that in both cases the same modus operandi had been used - the hijackers signalled the drivers to stop on side of the road before hijacking their vehicles.
On Monday in Delmas a truck driver was driving with three of his colleagues on the Delmas/Leandra road when he was signalled to stop by the occupants of a gold VW Polo.
"Two armed men then appeared and ordered them to move to the back of the truck," said Khoabane. The truck driver and his three co-workers were taken on a ride after the hijackers stripped them of their clothing, blindfolded them, tied their hands and put them in the back of their truck.
"They were told to jump off the truck when they reached Kliprivier," said Khoabane.
On Sunday, 65-year-old truck driver Lesabe Abhane was hijacked while on his way to Arnot Mine.
He had earlier seen a driver of a BMW standing on the side signalling him to stop but did not. He did not notice that the BMW was following him and only realised it when the driver and his accomplice drove alongside him and ordered him to pull over on the side of the road.
"They drove off with his truck valued at R500 000 leaving him stranded," said Khoabane.
"We urge motorists to be very careful and not to stop for other motorists who signal them to do so, as many people are getting hijacked in this way," said Khoabane. - Sapa