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Acting Provincial Commissioner warns motorists to be vigilant as tyre spike incidents are on the rise


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT – The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Major General Thulani Phahla, has urged motorists to be vigilant on the road due to the increase in tyre spike incidents as a total of 24 have been reported between 01 April and 18 May 2021.

Affected areas include:

Middelburg on the N4 National Road, Bethal, Kendall, Phola/Ogies on the N12 near Arbor off ramp, Delmas still on the N12 National Road as well as from Bronkorstspruit towards Witbank on the N4.

Witbank on the Dellville Street- CBD, Verena Road, R555 Old Ogies Road,

Calcutta area, R40 around Marite area, Belfast on the N4 National Road next to Wonderfonein and Acornhoek at Matsikitsane area. However motorists are cautioned to be vigilant in all the areas within the province as criminals are eager to carry out this bad deed on a daily basis.

The modus operandi of the suspects is, they place objects on the road such as tyre spikes, slabs, bricks, as well as large rocks covered in a plastic to trap motorists. These incidents usually occur late in the evening or early hours of the morning. Once motorists drive over these objects, their tyres get punctured or their vehicles damaged in the process, so they are forced to stop and inspect their vehicles. While doing so, the suspects then violently approach and rob them of valuables, such as cellphones, laptops, clothing items, cameras, firearms, jewellery as well as sums of cash amongst others.

It has also been established that in most of these cases, the suspects are normally armed with firearms.

Major General Phahla has urged motorists to be wary of these trends and be vigilant on the road. "I strongly appeal that motorists should be vigilant when on the road, particularly when driving in the evening or early in the morning as that is when they (motorists) are targeted," said the General Phahla.

General Phahla also urged the public to try and limit late night driving but to plan their journey during the day. He indicated further that if driving during the night, rather limit the speed to gain a clear view of the road.


Brigadier Leonard Hlathi