Clarity still sought over highway robbery video

2015-06-01 14:24
A screengrab from the video showing one of the alleged robbery suspects. (Anton Koen, Facebook)

A screengrab from the video showing one of the alleged robbery suspects. (Anton Koen, Facebook)

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WATCH: Joburg robbery dash-cam video

2015-06-01 11:17

Video footage of a dash-cam robbery in Fordsburg, Johannesburg has gone viral on social media. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - Police on Monday could not give any clarity on whether a case had been opened after a video depicting what appears to be a highway robbery was widely circulated on social networking sites.

Constable Michael Kgatle of the Johannesburg central police station said he was trying to locate a case number, while Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said she was still trying to get confirmation of the incident.

Many of the reposted images and videos seemingly originated from the Facebook account of Anton Koen.

Koen posted the images on his Facebook page on Sunday afternoon, where he wrote: "ROBBERY 30.05.2015. Abt 16h45. Makro on ramp. Fordsburg. Suspects robbing a motorist.

PLEASE CIRCULATE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE. Lets get their faces out their [sic] so the police can either catch or hopefully kill them".

The pictures had been shared over 28 200 times by 13:00 on Monday.

Koen uploaded a video on Monday morning.

What appeared to have happened

The images and video appeared to have been captured by a dashboard camera placed inside the victim's vehicle.

The footage shows the victim driving behind his alleged attackers’ car in broad daylight.

The alleged attackers were travelling in a white VW Jetta TSI with number plates DL 65 CL.

Shortly after getting onto the highway, however, the Jetta stops, forcing their victim to also stop in order to avoid hitting the rear of their vehicle.

Four men, all armed, are shown jumping out of the Jetta and heading towards the car behind them.

As other motorists slow down to observe what is happening, one of the armed men orders them to move along.

It was unclear what kind of vehicle the attacked person had been driving, how many passengers were in the car and whether anything was taken from them.

It was also unclear whether any shots were fired or whether anyone was injured as the audio-less video stops 38 seconds later.

News24 tried to contact Koen for further information on the video and images. He had not responded to News24 at the time of publishing.

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