Truck driver tries to run away with hitch hiker’s wife

Review & Mail Writer

A truck driver has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a female hitchiker in South Africa’s North West province.

The Times report that the 44-year-old truck had picked up a man and his wife who were hitchhiking from Bela-Bela on Wednesday evening, before absconding with the wife as the man had gone shopping.

“The driver told the couple t he was going to Cape Town via Rustenburg,” police said.

“The couple agreed they will drive with him until in Rustenburg.

“Along the way the driver made several stops. It was at the Brits Total garage, Alpha crossing, that the man alighted from the truck to go and buy food, leaving his wife sleeping on the bed behind the seats.

“On his return he found neither the truck nor his wife. He alerted police and a search for the truck ensued.”

Police said the truck was tracked via CCTV footage and the owner was contacted.

He confirmed the tracking movements of the truck, including the exact location. The truck was found just before entering Thabazimbi. The driver, who admitted driving off with the woman, said he left her at a petrol filling station in Mooinooi and proceeded to Rustenburg.

She was found at the Mooinooi police station where she had gone to seek help. The driver was arrested to answer to the case of alleged kidnapping. – TIMESLIVE

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