Police have launched a manhunt after a 58-year-old man was shot and killed on the R566 in De Wildt on Friday night while repairing a wheel after driving over spikes in the road, set out by the killers.
Sello Kgasi and two women were on their way in a Toyota Quantum to Brits when they drove over the spikes near the solar farm at De Wildt shortly before 01:00. Kgasi got out to repair the tyre and two suspects came out of the bushes and opened fire. Kgasi was shot and killed.
According to police spokesperson, Captain Sam Tselanyane, the killers robbed him of his firearm and other belonging before moving on to the women and robbing them of cash and their cellphones. They then fled. According to the two women, the robbers were speaking Shona.
Earlier the same night, another vehicle also drove over the spikes but did not stop and drove on to a safe place. On Saturday night the robbers were back in the same area and yet another vehicle drove over the spikes in the road. The motorist did not stop and reported it to the police.
The Provincial Commissioner has since mobilised a 72-hour Activation Plan which includes 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 the perpetrators are brought to book,” Lieutenant General Kwena said.
Anyone who may have information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects, is requested to contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Sergeant Aubrey Kgomo on 082 520 1598. Alternatively, Crime Stop can be contacted on 08600 10111. Anonymous tip-offs can also be communicated via MY SAPS Application.