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2022/06/28      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 27 June 2022 -The Police in Mpumalanga condemns an incident in which a man in his early thirties was bumped and killed by a vehicle reportedly driven by alleged hijackers. It is said that the suspects were trying to flee from private securities after attempted to hijack a truck on the N12 Road, off-ramp in Etwatwa near Sundra, this morning 27 June 2022 around 09h30 am.

According to the report, two Pakistani citizens were travelling on the N12 Road, direction to Witbank after purchasing some goods from Springs when they were pulled over by a silver Toyota Corolla with four suspects who attempted to hijack them.

Fortunately private security guards that were around patrolling, noticed this drama that was unfolding and attended to the scene. On arrival a shootout ensued between the securities and the suspects whereby two suspects were reportedly shot and killed.

Two unlicensed firearms were recovered. The other two suspects are said to have then fled the scene with the said vehicle chased by the securities and it headed towards Katboschfontein Road in Sundra.

It is further said that the suspects bumped a cyclist near Sundra as they were fleeing to evade the arrest. Unfortunately the cyclist who sustained some injuries, succumbed. After crashing, they (suspects) then abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot where they disappeared in the nearby bushes. A case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the Sundra Police.

Preliminary investigation has so far revealed that the said Corolla was reported stolen during February 2022 in Kempton Park (Gauteng Province) and it was fitted with false number plates.  The deceased has not yet been identified.

Police urge anyone with information that may assist in arresting the suspects that are still at large to contact Detective Captain Linky Olckers at 0823700921 or the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Members of the public can also send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.