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An apparent syndicate robbed a motorist and his passenger after allegedly puncturing the car’s tyres with spikes laid across the road on Saturday 5 May.
The Bela-Bela motorist, who chose to remain anonymous, said the car suddenly screeched to a halt after driving over what he later realised were spikes.
He said a total of four alleged robbers flung open the driver’s and off-side doors, dragging the two out of the vehicle.
The robbers ordered them to lie face down, and then frog-marched them through a broken farm perimeter fencing.
In the bushes the driver was ordered to reveal the password to his mobile phone.
“When I refused to do so the four men attacked me, with one of them kicking me in the face and ribs.
The driver was on Monday 7 May recuperrating at Bela-Bela’s Phodi Clinic.
He said the two were travelling from Pretoria towards Bela-Bela, when they were ambushed at around 23h00.
After robbing them of valuables and money, the suspects left them stranded.
In The BEAT edition of Friday 4 May, the newspaper reported on police warnings about a series of armed robberies in the area.
Bela-Bela SAPS detectives commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Abel Phetla, said motorists should be cautious on the particular stretch of road, as other robberies had been reported in the past.
17 months ago 10 May 2018