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23-year-old Suspect nabbed in Roedtan for armed robbery along the N11

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

POLOKWANE - The South African Police Service in Roedtan has successfully apprehended a 23-year-old foreign national in connection with an armed robbery incident that occurred along the N11 public road near the Weigh Bridge in the Mokopane policing area on Thursday, 28 March 2024, at about 19:30.

According to reports, a 31-year-old male victim, accompanied by two passengers, were traveling in an Isuzu bakkie along the N11 public road. The trio pulled over near the bridge for a brief stop when an unidentified BMW with four occupants pulled up beside them. One of the occupants from the BMW, armed with a firearm, ordered the victim to move to the other side of the road.

In a moment of quick thinking, the victim discreetly retained possession of his own firearm, while handing over a wallet containing an unspecified amount of cash to the armed suspect. Meanwhile, the other suspects proceeded to rob the passengers in the vehicle.

Subsequently, the driver of the BMW took over the victim's Isuzu bakkie, while his accomplices attempted to flee in the other vehicle. Unexpectedly, the victim drew his firearm and opened fire at both vehicles. The suspects were forced to halt their escape, allowing the victims to find cover and protect themselves.

The suspects managed to drive off from the scene with the BMW motor vehicle. However, a 23-year-old male suspect was subsequently apprehended by the police while conducting a stop and search operation at Roedtan policing area.

Furthermore, the suspect's BMW motor vehicle used during the commission of the crime, was seized during his arrest, and one firearm was recovered inside the Isuzu bakkie

A manhunt for the unknown suspects is underway, and a 23-year-old Swaziland National is expected to appear before the Mokopane Magistrate court soon, facing a charge of armed robbery.

Police investigations are continuing.


Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
082 451 7180

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