Suspected hijacker killed after stolen car loses control and rolls

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A suspected hijacker died in an accident.
A suspected hijacker died in an accident.
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  • The suspects were chased from Mpumalanga to Gauteng.
  • The owner of the hijacked car was found unharmed in another vehicle driven by suspects believed to be the dead man's accomplices.
  • The two accomplices were later arrested.

A suspected hijacker died after he lost control of the car he had allegedly stolen and it rolled, killing him instantly.

Two others suspects who were travelling in another vehicle were arrested after they exchanged gunfire with security officers who were hot on their trail.

One of the suspects was injured in the gun battle.

According to the Mpumalanga police, members of a vehicle tracking company saw two cars, a white Toyota double cab bakkie and a white BMW sedan, reportedly driving at high speed on the N12 road near the Kusile off-ramp.

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Spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said the officers from the security firm asked for back-up which was provided by the police and another security company.

From there, he said, a high speed chase ensued, explaining:

The Toyota bakkie with one suspect, aged 27, reportedly took a turn off on the R42 towards Delmas, and it is said that the vehicle lost control at a certain four-way crossing and rolled over. As a result, the driver died in the accident.

Mdhluli said a  pistol and jamming device were found on the scene.

He said the BMW was then chased from Mpumalanga all the way to Gauteng.

"It is further reported that an exchange of gunfire ensued between the said suspects and the security forces where one suspect was shot and sustained some injuries on the lower body. The two suspects were then apparently arrested when they were forced to halt at Welbekend [Gauteng] where the second pistol was found as well in possession of the suspects," Mdhluli said. 

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According to Mdhluli, the injured suspect was taken to the hospital where he was currently under police guard, while the owner of the bakkie that had rolled was found inside the BMW unharmed.

"He was allegedly hijacked at Vosman, Mpumalanga while driving home. Preliminary police investigations revealed that the BMW was hijacked in Vosloorus, Gauteng, in June.  

"The seized firearms will form part of the investigations and police cannot rule out a possibility of linking the suspects to the two hijacking incidents as well as other crimes committed elsewhere," Mdhluli said. 

The two men, aged 29 and 34, were expected to appear in court soon. 

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