SANDF troops embroiled in border shoot-out drama

2015-07-21 18:33
(Anton Koen via Facebook)

(Anton Koen via Facebook)

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Durban - SANDF troops on patrol along the Mozambican border allegedly opened fire on police officers and members of a vehicle tracking company that were chasing stolen cars racing towards the border fence on Monday night.

An Altech Netstar vehicle was riddled with bullets and two men and two police officers were disarmed and detained by soldiers.

The shooting is said to have taken place a stone’s throw from the border on the South African side.

Cars stolen in SA are regularly trafficked into Mozambique over the porous perimeter and sold on the black market.

A Facebook post describing the shooting, with pictures of the bullet-riddled tracking vehicle, went viral on Tuesday.

The post read: “Tom and Miles from Netstar have been arrested with two members from Border Police (ORS) [Operational Response Service] about 200m from the border fence while they were tracking two hijacked vehicles. The SANDF opened fire on the Netstar vehicle which Tom was driving and shot it badly.

“Luckily both Tom and Miles escaped with minor injuries. Both were arrested and disarmed by the SANDF and assaulted before detained in the MP vehicles.

“The SAPS officers were also arrested and detained in another vehicle and also disarmed. Looking at Tom’s vehicle it is unbelievable that they made it out alive, never mind without being wounded. The SANDF did not allow us to talk to them before they were taken to Emanguzi SAPS. THE SANDF could not or did not want to tell us what the charges against them are,” the post read.

A brief statement from Netstar confirms that a vehicle and service providers have been involved in an “incident”.

“According to Altech Netstar’s managing director Harry Louw, an incident took place involving Altech Netstar’s vehicle recovery service provider near Mkuze in northern KZN last night [Monday] during the course of a vehicle recovery operation, and is being investigated by the SAPS,” it said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said two cars were hijacked at Mbazwana, one of which belongs to the local municipality.

“Police stationed at Emanguzi where informed and, with members of a tracking company, they chased these vehicles. Both vehicles managed to cross the border. It is alleged that at gate six, members of the SANDF opened fire on police and members of the tracking company.

“The tracking company vehicle had sixteen bullet holes. Nobody was injured. Two SAPS members and two members of the tracking members were arrested by members of the SANDF, but they have subsequently been released," Naicker said.

"A case of attempted murder has been registered at the Emanguzi Police Station. The incident will be investigated in its entirety to establish exactly what transpired,” he said.

SANDF spokesperson Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said he is aware of the incident, but was not able to provide details.

(Anton Koen via Facebook)

(Anton Koen via Facebook)

(Anton Koen via Facebook)

(Anton Koen via Facebook)

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