Armed robbers ambush motorists on N2

Cato Manor SAPS officers, Cnst S Giyana, communications officer, Cpt CA Sibiya and Sgt V Mbiko conduct an in-loco inspection following numerous reports of rock placing on the N2 stretch.

A 30-year-old woman who was ambushed and robbed by an armed gang after her car tyre burst and she lost control on the N2, said she still sees the faces of the suspects every time she closes her eyes.

She was robbed at gunpoint on the N2 northbound in the Chesterville vicinity after her vehicle hit rocks and lost control, on Monday morning.

It is alleged that unknown people, aiming to rob unsuspecting motorists, placed rocks and rubble and other dangerous items to obstruct the drivers, before robbing them off their valuables.

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According to the police, these obstacles are placed by criminals between 10pm to about 4am on the N2 freeway. In the recent incident, the suspects allegedly fled with the victim’s valuables including her laptop and handbag.

The traumatised engineer said she was driving to work at about 4: 30am when she met with this unfortunate incident. The incident left her brand new Mercedes Benz CLA damaged as she had lost control and hit the barriers placed on the freeway.

Speaking to the Rising Sun, the victim, who wished to remain anonymous said she sees the faces of the robbers every time she closes her eyes.

“I am lucky to be alive as I ran for my life, while the armed robbers searched my car. They took my valuables but I am grateful for my life even though I have to start from scratch now, getting important documents such as my identity document,” she said.

She added that the group of robbers who ambushed her came from a nearby bush. “I was impressed by the quick response from the police who attended to my call of help. Police should patrol and be visible in that dangerous spot at all times in order to curb criminal activities such as these. I am urging motorists to be extra vigilant when driving in that area as the rocks are placed in such a way that it is impossible to avoid to hit them,” she said.

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Cato Manor SAPS have issued a stern warning to motorists, urging them to always check their surroundings when driving and also to avoid hitting items placed on the road.

The station’s communication’s officer, Cpt CA Sibiya said that three incidents of this nature were reported at the station on Monday morning.

“The suspects place the obstacles on the road during early hours of the morning, knowing that at that time, motorists don’t usually check as they are rushing to their destinations. Drivers need to always check what’s in front of them and make sure they do not hit it as preying criminals wait for them to hit the obstacles, before rushing to rob them. We are working around the clock to ensure the arrests of the perpetrators,” he said.

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