Bogus traffic officers reportedly involved in armed robbery
NELSPRUIT – The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has ordered for the thorough investigation and arrest of possible suspects allegedly involved in an armed robbery near Msholozi in White River. The said robbery incident reportedly took place on 10 May 2022 on the R40 Road.
According to the information, on the said day at about 12:15, two men driving in a White NP200 bakkie were on their way from Nelspruit direction towards White River direction. It is indicated that they were carrying cash inside the said bakkie which belongs to a certain company. Its driver reportedly drove through the stop sign without halting.
It is said that the two men noticed a white VW Polo TSI without number plates as well as certain individuals who were wearing uniform, resembling that of traffic officers. It is further alleged that these individuals were wearing face masks. The driver of the bakkie was reportedly ordered to stop by these individuals. Thereafter one of the men is alleged to have then requested for a driver’s license whilst two others, armed with firearms began searching the vehicle.
It is further reported that they demanded their wallets as well as cell phones and it is said that they robbed them of two bags filled with undisclosed amount of cash. Further than that the victims reported that the driver was assaulted by one of the individuals in uniform. The victims also alleged that they were ordered to lie down before their assailants fled the scene with the robbed items.
The incident was reported to the police at White River whereby a robbery case was opened for investigation. Police are currently busy using available resources to establish what has actually transpired on that said day of the robbery with the aim to ensure that suspects are brought to book without fear or favour.
Up to so far, no one has been arrested as yet but police urge anyone with information that may assist in their investigation to call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via the MySAPSApp. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.
Brigadier Selvy Mohlala
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