Footage of an out-of-control South African National Defence Force (SANDF) vehicle – a ‘Rooikat’ tanker – crashing on the N1 near Bloemfontein has South Africans in an uproar.
SANDF Rooikat tanker accident
Dash-cam footage of the incident and photos taken by passersby were shared on social media, The Citizen reports.
The heavily armoured tanker can be seen overtaking another vehicle on the N1. The driver then loses control and the vehicle veers into a barrier.
Of course, South Africans couldn’t resist the opportunity and came prepared with their jokes. One netizen asked: “Who drives a Rooikat like they are driving 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 mos.. Why drive this thing so fast? Niyaybona ke lento ka Pass One PASS ALL kle license”.
One user said army convoys are “supposed to travel at around 80km/h max”, adding that even if the tanker can go 120km per hour, it’s “no reason to try it”.
“Looks like the 8×8 vehicle was overtaking above 80km/hr when the driver lost control”, Twitter user @Jakepor21 explained.
SANDF Rooikat tanker
The Rooikat – Afrikaans for caracal, or Red cat – is a South African armoured reconnaissance vehicle equipped with a stabilised 76 mm high-velocity gun.
The tankers were predominantly used from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, and a heavier, six-wheeled Ratel-90 infantry fighting vehicle was introduced in 1975.
Prior to general elections in 1994, the army deployed the Rooikat tankers for internal patrols. By 1996, there were only 176 Rooikats in service.
Since the Rooikats were specifically created for the SANDF, an additional sixty-six Rooikats were commissioned from the Sandock-Austral Shipyards in Durban and added to the fleet.