A cyclist was bumped and killed by hijackers who were trying to escape on the N12. It is said that the suspects were trying to flee from private securities after attempting to hijack a truck on the N12 Road, off-ramp in Etwatwa near Sundra, this morning 27 June 2022 around 09h30 am.
Police said on Monday 27 June 2022 two Pakistani citizens were traveling on the N12 Road, direction to Witbank after purchasing some goods from Springs when they were pulled over by a silver Toyota Corolla with four suspects who attempted to hijack them.
SAPS said in a statement, that private security guards that were around patrolling, noticed this drama that was unfolding and attended to the scene. On arrival, a shootout ensued between the securities and the suspects whereby two suspects were reportedly shot and killed.
Two unlicensed firearms were recovered. The other two suspects are said to have then fled the scene with the said vehicle chased by the securities and it headed towards Katboschfontein Road in Sundra.
It is further alleged that the suspects bumped a cyclist near Sundra as they were fleeing to evade the arrest. Unfortunately, the cyclist who sustained some injuries succumbed. After crashing, the suspects then abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot where they disappeared in the nearby bushes. A case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the Sundra Police.
Authorities said the preliminary investigation has revealed that the said Corolla was reported stolen in February 2022 in Kempton Park in Gauteng Province and it was fitted with false number plates. The deceased has not yet been identified.
The Police in Mpumalanga condemns an incident in which a man in his early thirties was bumped and killed by a vehicle reportedly driven by alleged hijackers.