Mpumalanga police have arrested four foreign nationals aged between 35 and 40 after they hijacked a 47 year old man who was driving an Isuzu bakkie. The incident occurred at Vosman = Saturday 18 July 2020.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said that the man innocently stopped and gave the four men a lift after they told him their car had broken down on the N4 national road.
“They then persuaded him to assist tow the vehicle but as soon as they arrived at the said spot, they pointed him with a firearm, assaulted him as well as tied him with a rope. They later abandoned him next to the road, towed their white Kia truck with his bakkie and fled to Gauteng” he said
He further the matter was uncovered after the man (victim) was spotted by a passerby on the side of the road bleeding then reported the matter to the police, who swiftly attended the matter. The police together with a team of officers from Gauteng managed to trace the suspects leading to a high speed chase which resulted in the suspects being cornered at Bedfordview.
The suspects were immediately arrested and are expected to appear at a Court in Gauteng today for possession of suspected stolen vehicle. The four men will also be expected to appear at Emalahleni Magistrate’s Court during the course of the week for the hijacking incident.
The Provincial Commissioner of South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has welcomed the arrest and commended police for their swift response in chasing after the hijacked vehicle where they even crossed provinces in pursuit of the suspects and managed to arrest them .