3 hijackers killed in dramatic N3 shoot-out

2014-07-24 10:06

Jeff Wicks, The Witness

Durban - Three suspected hijackers were killed during a heavy gun battle with police following a high-speed car chase on the N3 in Hammarsdale on Tuesday night.

The shoot-out saw officers and three gunmen trading salvoes after the speeding car in which they were travelling was forced from the road.

The hail of bullets is understood to have continued as the gunmen ran from the car into a roadside field. When police dogs were released, they found the bodies of the three suspects lying spread out on an embankment - all felled by police gunfire.


Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said that the hijacking had set into motion a chain of events that culminated in the gun battle.

He said that shortly after noon on Tuesday, a Chinese national had been on the R33 Greytown Road in New Hanover, outside Pietermaritzburg.

“He was hijacked by occupants of two other cars who fired several shots and threatened him with a firearm. The victim was kidnapped and dropped nearby. The police followed the suspects towards Umsunduzi police patrol area where they arrested two men and seized two pistols and 30 rounds of live ammunition. The car used by the hijackers was recovered and seized by police as well,” he said.

Several hours later, police officers traced a car they thought to have been used in the New Hanover carjacking. “Police were following a silver VW Jetta with five occupants and when the blue lights and sirens were turned on they sped away,” Naicker added.

“They managed to force the vehicle to the side of the road and blocked it in before the suspects ran from the car and started firing towards the police officials and the police retaliated.”

Naicker said that two handguns were found lying near the bodies of the dead hijackers and that police officers involved in the action had emerged unscathed.

  • Johan van Wyk - 2014-07-24 10:09


      Bheki Dladla - 2014-07-24 10:27

      Good job to the cops!! this is wonderful and encouraging if cops keep on doing this then our country will be safer. a bells to those cops!!

      Johan van Wyk - 2014-07-24 10:31

      With promotion!!!!!

      Ann Murray - 2014-07-24 10:56

      Justice neatly packaged.

      Weetabix - 2014-07-24 10:59

      Those must have been the only few police in the country who can shoot and hit a target. Well done anyways.

      Martin Pienaar - 2014-07-24 11:11

      Now tow them along as well...

      Walter Oldnal Latham - 2014-07-24 11:19


      grantcallaway - 2014-07-24 12:37

      @John - with a stomach like that, I wouldn't call him "hardened" :P

  • David Fernandes - 2014-07-24 10:11

    Well done to the policemen involved. They took these thugs of society off the streets for good. If they had caught them they could have ended up in jail on taxpayer money only to be released after 1 year to return to steal and kill the innocent. Or maybe not even go to jail and continue their negative contribution to society. WELL DONE SAPS in this case

      Bheki Dladla - 2014-07-24 10:28

      well said

      Kenny Williams - 2014-07-24 10:35

      Let's hope they mow down the heartless killers who killed the youngster by dragging the poor youngster for 8.5 km. We need more good news to get us out of the negativity that these incidents cause.

  • Auspicious Ndaba Sekoloni - 2014-07-24 10:13


  • Ifat Eliyahu - 2014-07-24 10:15

    WELL DONE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT UP!!!!!!

  • Dexter Tangocci - 2014-07-24 10:16

    This is exactly how the death penalty should be administered. No cost to the taxpayer and no time wasted.

  • Anton Anton - 2014-07-24 10:16


  • Hanri Smit - 2014-07-24 10:17

    Give that squad a Bells!!!!!

  • Archie Dempster - 2014-07-24 10:18

    Our heroes of the hour

  • Leigh-anne Baaliah - 2014-07-24 10:18

    Gooooooooood. Lekker

  • Gya - 2014-07-24 10:18

    I hope my taxes will go to more meaningful expenditures than feeding criminals in jail.

  • FutureMan - 2014-07-24 10:19

    Leka Popo, doing your job for a change

  • CraigJoseph - 2014-07-24 10:20

    Three less criminals to worry about. Well done SAPS!

  • Winnie September - 2014-07-24 10:21


  • Dave Lees - 2014-07-24 10:23


  • Johan van Wyk - 2014-07-24 10:24

    Give those policemen promotion!!!!!!!!!!

  • Willem le Roux - 2014-07-24 10:25


      Hluvukani Craig Mabasa - 2014-07-24 10:33

      Gauteng police units,k9&flying squad are doing this everyday.

  • Martin Mngomezulu - 2014-07-24 10:26

    This should be the best story we hve ever read on the news this week. nt ppl fighting over rubbish in parliament. Im very proud of that police squad!

      Nthabiseng Nthabi - 2014-07-24 10:51

      Its good news indeed! Though it makes me feel a little heartless that I am rejoicing at death but these bastards deserved everything they got! Hope to hear more of this and less parli-circus

  • Terence Wessels - 2014-07-24 10:27

    Great job guys. SA needs more like you.

  • Annalene Nel - 2014-07-24 10:29

    more of that please.....!!!!

  • Job Jacobs - 2014-07-24 10:30

    well done to SAPS

  • Khutso Bokaba - 2014-07-24 10:30

    Brave cops, they deserve Bells!

  • Jp van der Wath - 2014-07-24 10:30

    GOOD JOB DONE, eliminate these bastards

  • Thapz Kgopodithate - 2014-07-24 10:32

    i know IPID is behind those cop

      Morubula Huma - 2014-07-24 12:08

      that's Standard Procedure. all cases when Someone dies where police are involved should be Investigated but 3437 no Rules are broken, then no one needs to Fear Losing his job.and it Looks Like the three Dead guys won't be saying much

  • Hennie Barnard - 2014-07-24 10:33

    Great news. Well done.

  • Fhatu Mulaudzi - 2014-07-24 10:34

    great work hey

  • James Herbst - 2014-07-24 10:34

    Love it , love it,love it!!! One hijacker, one bullet!

  • Andrew MacDonald - 2014-07-24 10:35

    well done to our brave men and women in blue, very proud of you and thankful that you put your lives on the line to keep us safe!

  • deone.wardle - 2014-07-24 10:35

    Good work!

  • Prince EA - 2014-07-24 10:37

    Excellent job SAPS

  • Anton Anton - 2014-07-24 10:38

    And then Zuma and his his mate Julius and his EFFOF chronies want the cops to be service and not a force

  • Lefu Jacob - 2014-07-24 10:39

    well done

  • Jan Potgieter - 2014-07-24 10:43

    ANC and Zuma would want to take credit when cops are killing people, but they don't want to acknowledge the events of Marikana... But that is none of my business.

  • Searcher SA - 2014-07-24 10:43

    Well done SAPS !!!

  • Annette - 2014-07-24 10:51

    give those cops a Bells !!!!

  • Craig Lowe - 2014-07-24 10:58

    Great Work, some more of the same required, maybe try save one next time and drag him by the foot out side the vehicle for a few kilometres !

  • Eugene 'Gina' Pretorius - 2014-07-24 11:00

    A good day (for once) for the South African justice system. Well done gents.

  • sonia.duplooy - 2014-07-24 11:01

    Well done SAP. Feeling so proud at the moment

  • Russell Nell - 2014-07-24 11:02

    I like!!!!!

  • ianbrianjohnson - 2014-07-24 11:04

    Good one!

  • Barry Fritz - 2014-07-24 11:04

    well done SAPS

  • Marcia Prins - 2014-07-24 11:05

    Well done a very good job I hope they rot in hell

  • Byron Botha - 2014-07-24 11:06

    Awesome!!!!!! Well done Police....

  • Modise Matlhoko - 2014-07-24 11:07

    EFF supporters gunned down

  • Valerie Widmann - 2014-07-24 11:07

    More of the same please and thank you.

  • Lilly Phogole - 2014-07-24 11:11

    good work SAPS

  • Bento Maepa - 2014-07-24 11:11

    Good work. A clear and concise message has been sent to all other scum across the country. Keep dropping them SAPS they deserve it.

  • Andre Jansen Van Vuuren - 2014-07-24 11:12

    Awesome! !!!!

  • Adie Masana - 2014-07-24 11:13

    Well done saps

  • Adie Masana - 2014-07-24 11:13

    Well done saps

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-07-24 11:14

    Good work Saps well done