Armed men rob bus driver and passengers of their cash, cellphones in Mpumalanga

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A bus driver and his passengers were robbed.
A bus driver and his passengers were robbed.
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  • A bus driver and his passengers were robbed.
  • The victims were attacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Tweefontein, Mpumalanga.
  • The robbers fled with cellphones and cash.

Mpumalanga provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela was shocked and disappointed after three armed men robbed a bus driver and his passengers.

The robbers then drove away with the bus. It took place on Tuesday morning in Tweefontein, Mpumalanga.

The passengers were on their way to work when they were ambushed.

The Putco bus driver was ferrying passengers from Tweefontein K section to Tweefontein A section.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the incident occurred around 02:45.

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"While waiting at Tweefontein A for passengers, three armed men boarded the bus. They threatened the driver and his passengers with firearms. They then robbed the driver of his bag, cellphone, staff card and cash before firing two shots.

"The men proceeded and robbed passengers of their cash and cellphones. They drove the bus for a short distance, parked it, and ran away with the keys," Mohlala said.

Mohlala said no one was injured during the incident.

Police are investigating a case of armed robbery. 

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Meanwhile, the police arrested a truck hijacker.

It is alleged the truck was travelling from Ermelo to Delmas when the driver stopped and offered a lift to three hitchhikers.

"He dropped one of the hitchhikers at Delmas Mall and continued on his journey with the other two. One of the passengers then urged the driver to stop on the side of the road. 

"Upon stopping, the passenger seated behind the driver then strangled him, while the other tied him with shoelaces. The driver was covered with a blanket and ordered to lie on the bed behind the driver's seat. The hijackers drove off," Mohlala said. 

Moments later, police stopped the truck and instructed the occupants to jump out.

"The occupant on the passenger's seat jumped out and ran away. The other occupant untied the driver. Police then swiftly arrested the suspect after establishing he had hijacked the truck," Mohlala said.

The man is expected to appear in court soon. 


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