Name released of man killed in N4 attack

Juandre Kidson (25) from Brits was shot and killed and his wife Johanette wounded on the Bakwena N4 on Saturday night when they had to pull off the highway with a tyre puncture after driving over rocks placed in the road by robbers.

Juandre and Johanette Kidson


This was the second incident on Saturday after a man was shot and killed on the same road earlier.

The husband and wife and their nine-month-old baby were driving towards Brits in their Hyundai sedan around 20:00 when they drove over rocks near the R512/Randburg exit.

According police spokesperson, Captain Aafje Botma, the man stopped to replace a punctured tyre and while he was busy, three men approached. “The men, armed with firearms, overpowered the victim and shot him in the head and his wife in the hand. The suspects then robbed the man of his cellular phone. The baby was not hurt during the incident,” she said.

The victim was certified dead at the scene while his wife and baby were taken to hospital for medical treatment.

“Police are investigating murder and attempted murder cases and no one has been arrested at this stage.”

In a similar incident at 01:15 on Saturday morning, a man stopped on the highway near the M17/Ga-Rankuwa exit at De Wildt to change a tyre after driving over rocks. Robbers appeared and shot and killed him.

Kormorant is still waiting for more information from the Akasia police.

In both incidents, the victims were robbed of their belongings.

Neighbourhood watches in Brits and De Wildt areas have issued urgent warnings to residents this weekend to avoid driving on the N4 highway during the night.