And when they’re free it’s even better!
So when a big truck carrying tons of potatoes overturned on the N12, south of Joburg, motorists, pedestrians and even truck drivers all stopped to score.
Many were on their way to work, but risked running late rather than to miss such an opportunity.
The truck from Grain Carriers overturned right after taking the off-ramp from the N12 going to Potchefstroom.
Motorists stopped to fill their trunks and those who didn’t have cars came up with innovative ideas, some taking their jackets off and fashioning them into bags, while others searched the nearby fields for plastic bags.
The scene looked like hyenas eating a buffalo as people bent their heads down to pick up the potatoes.
And in less than two hours, the road was clean!
“Christmas comes but once, bhuti!” shouted one looter as the SunMan took pictures.
“Take as many pictures as you want. We won’t let this opportunity pass us,” he said.
Another looter screamed: “Why couldn’t it be a chicken truck though.”
Motorist Vuyo Ndebele (39) from Thembelihle squatter camp said he thought this was God’s plan to provide for his people.
He said they would make sishebo for at least the next three months.
One truck driver who was on his way to pick up sand said he couldn’t miss the golden opportunity and together with other employees took out shovels and filled up their truck nearly half way.
“I will open a mini vegetable spaza here,” he joked.
The potato truck driver, Johannes Lesapo (35), told Daily Sun he had 15 years’ experience as a driver and didn’t know what happened.
“I think it’s a tyre spring that broke causing the truck to overturn.
“I couldn’t control it,” he said.
The truck owner refused to speak to Daily Sun.
JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said no serious injuries were reported.
Minnaar added that people should not have taken things that were not theirs.
“It is theft and you could be charged for it,” he warned.
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