Nelspruit: 14 October 2022 – Police in Mpumalanga have arrested one suspect in connection with a terrible incident in which a tourist was fatally shot by a group of ruthless criminals at Numbi Road near White River in the afternoon, Monday 03 October 2022 around 16h30.
A 35 year old suspect was arrested on Wednesday at Nelspruit and is appearing before Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court today, Friday 14 October, 2022 facing charges of murder, attempted murder and attempted hijacking.
On the day of the attack it was reported that four tourists from Germany were alleegedly traveling in a Hyundai H1 on Numbi Road en route to Numbi Gate at Mdluli Safari lodge. They were then stopped by three armed suspects who were driving in a VW Caddy. The suspects are said to have instructed the tourists to open the doors of their vehicle but when the driver reportedly locked all the doors, apparently one of the suspects shot him on the upper body through the window. It is further said that the victims’ vehicle drove in reverse for about 100 meters before crushing into the wall of Heroes Academy. Unfortunately the driver died on the spot as a result of the shooting. The suspects reportedly sped off in their vehicle without taking anything from the tourists.
The police at Masoyi as well as other role players in the Emergency Services were alerted about the incident. A murder case was opened with an immediate launch of manhunt for the suspects.
Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has appreciated a sterling work done by the seasoned detectives in cracking the case.