SANDF truck stolen in broad daylight; driver charged with negligence


A South African National Defence Force (SANDF) truck was stolen in Centurion on 28 July and a flight sergeant is being held accountable for the theft as the vehicle as left unattended contrary to military orders.

SANDF spokesperson Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi said the truck, used to transport goods, was empty when unknown people took it on the afternoon of Wednesday 28 July outside Spar Valhalla. The suspects were apparently dressed as SANDF officials.

The driver, who is a flight sergeant, appeared in a military court for negligence on Friday and his case was postponed to 6 August, News24 reports.

Darren Olivier, defence expert and Director at African Defence Review, explained the flight sergeant was charged because, “some time ago the SANDF implemented a standing order prohibiting leaving military-owned vehicles unattended in public places. Even when, as in this case, they’re commercial vehicles. The flight sergeant is being held accountable for the theft.”

The theft comes as hundreds of military vehicles are present on the streets as part of Operation Prosper activities following rioting and unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.