58-year-old man robbed and killed after driving over spikes on R556

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North West police have launched a manhunt for two suspects, following the murder of a 58-year- old man on the R556 in De Wildt near Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria. Sello Kgasi was shot and killed while attending to a puncture after he drove over spikes scattered on the road.

Kgasi’s two women passengers were robbed of an undisclosed amount of money and cellphones.

The thugs also robbed Kgasi of his pistol and other belongings.

Police have advised road users in the area to be vigilant.

The R556 between Brits and Rosslyn is reportedly becoming a crime zone. Nkosinathi Dlamini, who works in the area, says these incidents are happening more frequently now. He says this is the third incident since he started working at the Solar Panels Camp in the area.

Dlamini says in one incident, two women were hijacked and driven to an unknown place.

The Kgasi case remains unresolved.

Captain Sam Tselanyane from the North West police says reports suggest the suspects were communicating in Shona.

“According to the reports, the suspects who are still at large, were communicating in Shona. The provincial commissioner has since mobilised the 72-hour activation plan which include the deployment of various units to trace and apprehend the suspects. The public, especially motorists, are warned to be very vigilant when approaching that area at night as it is becoming a crime hotspot. We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that alleged perpetrators are brought to book,” adds Tselanyane.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact the crime stop number on 08600 10111.

In 2020, police apprehended nine suspects linked to a spate of armed robberies in the Theo Martins Poort along the Mabopane R80 highway. They allegedly attacked motorists with rocks and dragging them into the bushes to rob them.

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