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Police investigate double murder, robbery, kidnapping and inquest docket

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of North West

POTCHEFSTROOM:  Ikageng police are investigating cases of kidnapping, robbery, double murder as well as an inquest docket following incidents which occurred over the weekend in Ikageng and Klerksdorp.

On Friday night, 1 July 2022, a 32-year-old male overpowered and disarmed a male colleague, aged 47, in Mbobi Street, Ikageng, following an argument. After disarming his colleague, he pointed him with his own firearm. The male allegedly instructed the victim to call his (suspect)'s 31-year-old girlfriend. The latter arrived a short while later in her Volkswagen Polo, but driven by a male companion, aged 30. Shortly after stopping, the suspect walked towards the vehicle and allegedly fired two shots towards the man and removed him out of the vehicle. He then instructed his colleague to get into the back of the vehicle and drove off. He stopped at an intersection in Bathoeng Street and instructed his colleague to get out of the car and drove off with his girlfriend.   In the meantime, the police were called to the murder scene and a lookout was given for the Volkswagen Polo.

A few hours later on Saturday afternoon, 2 July 2022, members of Flying Squad received information that the sought Volkswagen Polo was travelling on the Ottosdal/Hartbeesfontein Road. The vehicle was spotted, but it sped off leading to a car chase. Whilst chasing the vehicle, the driver of the Polo pointed the police officers with his firearm, thus, prompting the members to fire a few shots. The driver ultimately pulled off the road, but was found with a bullet wound to his head. Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) were called and the suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Police also found the body of the 31-year-old women inside the vehicle in the front passenger seat with head injuries. She was also declared dead on the scene by EMRS.

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, was shocked to learn of this tragic incident and called for amicable solution of problems, rather than resorting to violence.


Media Enquiries:
Colonel Adéle Myburgh
‪‪‪082 856 1731