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WATCH: Out-of-control SANDF Rooikat tanker crashes on N1

Footage of a runaway South African National Defense Force (SANDF) vehicle – a ‘Rooikat’ tanker – crashing on the N1 near Bloemfontein has caused a stir among South Africans.

SANDF Rooikat tanker accident

Dashcam footage of the incident and photos of passersby were shared on social media.

On the N1, the heavily armored tanker can be seen overtaking another vehicle. The driver then loses control of the wheel and the vehicle pivots into a barrier.

Of course, South Africans couldn’t resist the opportunity and came prepared with their jokes. one internet user early: “Who drives a Rooikat like a Golf?”

Watch: SANDF Rooikat out of control

Another Twitter user added: “Why was he driving so fast? I mean, it’s not an emergency. Why drive this thing so fast? Niyaybona ke lento ka Pass One PASS ALL kle license”.

An user said army convoys are “assumed to be traveling at speeds of up to 80 km/h”, adding that even if the tanker can go 120 km/h, there is “no reason to try”.

“It appears that the 8×8 vehicle was overtaking above 80 km/h when the driver lost control of the vehicle,” Twitter user @Jakepor21 explained.

SANDF Rooikat tanker

De Rooikat – African for caracalor red cat – is a South African armored reconnaissance vehicle equipped with a stabilized 76mm high-velocity gun.

The tankers were mainly used from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, and a heavier, six-wheel Ratchet-90 infantry fighting vehicle was introduced in 1975.

Prior to the 1994 general election, the military deployed the Rooikat tankers for internal patrols. In 1996 there were only 176 Rooikats in service.

As the Rooikats were created specifically for the SANDF, an additional sixty-six Rooikats have been commissioned at the Sandock-Austral Shipyards in Durban and added to the fleet.

A Rooikat 76 mm armored vehicle. Photo to illustrate: Gallo Images/Jeffrey Abrahams

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