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2021/02/05      |  Written By:  Captain N Gwala   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 4 February 2021 – It is alleged that yesterday at 16:00, a motorist was stationary in a state vehicle on Mngadi Road, Unit One in Mpumalanga when she was approached by two armed men.

At gunpoint, the suspects forced her out of the vehicle and they drove off with the vehicle. A case of carjacking was opened at Mpumalanga SAPS. The police officers from Mpumalanga SAPS assisted by the Tracker patrolled the area searching for the hijacked vehicle and the suspects. Whilst they were driving along Sibisi Road, they spotted the vehicle with three occupants.

Upon seeing the police officers, the suspects fired shots at the police officers and there was a shoot-out. The vehicle was then intercepted and three men aged between 20 and 37 were placed under arrest. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the suspects. The suspects are expected to appear before the Hammarsdale Magistrates’ Court tomorrow on charges of carjacking, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner for KwaZulu-Natal, Major General Thulani Gonya welcomed the arrest of the suspects. “The suspects will be profiled to check if they are linked to other carjacking cases reported in Mpumalanga and surrounding areas,” he said.

The illegal firearm and ammunition
The stolen vehicle.