Three provincial traffic officials stationed in Polokwane allegedly had to look down the barrel of a pistol, fearing for their lives after the occupants of a vehicle they pulled over during a routine check reportedly robbed them on Saturday evening.
Kagiso Mootane, Department of Transport, Safety, Security and Liaison Spokesperson the three officials, identified as provincial inspectors NV Masogo, MP Ledwaba and MM Choeu were reportedly patrolling the R37 Lebowakgomo road when they pulled over a silver Audi with Gauteng registration close to a filling station.
“It is not clear how many occupants were in the Audi but when pulled over the occupants immediately emerged from the vehicle while pointing firearms at the officials. They robbed them of their service pistols, cell phones, reflective jackets, car keys and other personal belongings,” Mootane said.
She added that, before the perpetrators fled the scene, Ledwaba was hit in the face with a pistol. When the Audi sped off the occupants fired two shots at the officials.
“The one bullet hit the Automatic Numberplate Recognition camera mounted on the vehicle while the second pierced the patrol vehicle at the rear. Luckily the officials were not injured except for Ledwaba who sustained facial injuries,” Mootane said.
A case of armed robbery was opened at the Westenburg Police Station. Spokesperson at the station Mohlaka Mashiane could not be reached to confirm the case and if any arrests were made yet.
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