At least four other trucks were torched overnight, leaving one person wounded.
This has taken the total number of trucks torched in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, and Limpopo since the weekend to 20.
The Secretary General of the All Truck Drivers Foundation, Sifiso Nyathi, says government needs to start sanctioning companies that continue to hire undocumented migrants.
Governance expert, Professor Sam Koma, has also weighed in on the matter.
He says he suspects that the people behind these attacks are the same culprits who attacked foreign truck drivers in 2021 and 2022.
Professor Koma warns that the attacks will have a domino effect on the pockets of South Africans as they will have to bare the brunt of prices increases of basic items.
He says government will have to ensure that a task team is established to thoroughly investigate this issue.
He says police are investigating 107 cases in KwaZulu-Natal alone, which are related to the torching of trucks since 2018.
The Minister says they are working closely with the SANDF to curb the further attacks on trucks and to monitor hotspots.
Cele says 12 persons of interest have so far been identified, and while it remains unclear what their sole purpose of the attacks are, intelligence suggests that they are not just random acts of criminality but may be business-related.
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa