Tebogo Msimanga |
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has pleaded with members of the public to avoid hitch-hiking. The plea by the General comes in a wake of a shocking incident in which two alleged robbers were fatally shot whilst reportedly trying to rob a man on Thursday morning, 05 May 2022 near N4 Road in Nelspruit.
Colonel Donald Mdhluli of Mpumalanga police said according to the report, two alleged suspects were driving in a silver-grey VW Polo towards the direction of Malelane whereby they offered a lift to a man who was hitch-hiking in Valencia outside Nelspruit CBD.
“Apparently along the way, they diverted to Croc Valley farm where one of them reportedly drew a knife in an attempt to rob the man who was given a lift. Further reports indicate that the man also drew out his firearm and allegedly shot both men.”
Mdluli said one died at the scene meanwhile the other died a few meters away from the scene whilst he was being driven to the hospital. “The two are yet to be identified.”
He added that preliminary investigation suggests that the VW Polo may be linked to other reported incidents of armed robberies where hitch-hikers were robbed at various hiking spots around Nelspruit.