A 44-year-old man shot dead and a woman raped by two Hitchhikers on R71 Tzaneen


By Agreement Mabunda

TZANEEN-Police are searching for two suspects who shot and killed a 44-year-old motorist and rape a passenger in Tzaneen.

It is alleged that on Friday, 13 October 2023 at about 13:00, the Police in Tzaneen received a report of Rape in the outskirts of Tzaneen near the SAPS Supply Chain Management Offices.

They rushed to the scene where they found a 30-year-old woman who reported to the Police that she was travelling in a Suzuki Swift sedan with a 44-year-old male.

Along the way on R71 road next to Sasol Garage, they offered a lift to two African males. While travelling along the Georges Valley road, one of the passengers asked the driver to stop and pull the handbrake.

The driver refused to pull the handbrake and that is when one of them pulled out a firearm and shot him point blank from the back. They instructed the lady to move to the back seat and drove with her towards Town dumped the deceased on a gravel road and drove away with the woman.

They robbed her of cash, bank cards, and cell phones and made cash transactions with their cards.

They then both raped the female victim in the bush in the new industrial area of tzaneen. They left her there, drove out of the immediate area.

The victim managed to walk until she reached the office of the supply chain in Tzaneen where she reported the matter to the Police.

The vehicle was later found burnt at the Letsitele Policing precinct and burnt the vehicle, to destroy evidence.

The female victim is currently in hospital.

The Police are investigating a case of murder, rape, malicious damage to property, robbery with a firearm and carjacking.

Anyone with information that can assist in the apprehension of these suspects may contact   Warrant Officer Phaladi Makola on the number 082 749 2233 nearest Police Station or Crime Stop Number 08600 10111 or MysapsApp.

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