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2023/09/22      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 22 September 2023 - The Police in Belfast are investigating a case of robbery following an incident whereby two armed suspects, driving in a vehicle with blue lights stopped two victims who were traveling along the N4 Road in Dalmanutha near Belfast in the early hours of yesterday, 21 September 2023 around 04h45 am. It is further reported that the suspects robbed of the victims a passport.

According to information, the two suspects are said to have used blue lights to stop the vehicle driven by the complainant. It is further reported that these perpetrators acted as if they were law enforcement officers thereby ordering the driver (who is also the complainant) to stop. Thereafter the driver was told by one of the suspects to drive to a Weighbridge for processing. Meanwhile the other suspect went to the passenger side and reportedly took out a firearm then allegedly pointed at the driver's son and took his passport.

It was during this time that a scuffle broke out between the driver's son and the suspect holding a firearm. The suspect was somehow disarmed by the driver's son who managed to grab the pistol and bite his hand. However the suspect in return, bit his ear prior to both suspects fleeing the scene. They reportedly left behind the said firearm. The two victims are Mozambican nationals.

The incident was reported to the police in Belfast and upon arrival, a case of robbery was opened. The firearm was confiscated and will form part of the investigation, which includes details regard the owner of the firearm.

No one has been arrested yet but the investigation is continuing. Members with information on the whereabouts of the suspects, including the one whose hand was bitten are urged to alert the authorities by calling the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or by sending information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has raised a concern regarding robberies that are being carried out by suspects who are use blue lights to prey on victims. "We urge members of the public to be careful of these criminals who take advantage of unsuspecting victims. We are busy following their tracks and it is just a matter of time before we bring them to book, " said the General.