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Spiking suspect shot dead after attacking motorists near N1/N4 interchange

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One suspect has been shot dead during a shootout with members of the Gauteng Traffic Police (GTP) patrolling along the N1 southbound highway between Stormvoël and Proefplaas interchange outside Pretoria.

Members of the Gauteng Traffic Police (GTP) Special Law Enforcement Unit (SLEU) were patrolling along the N1 southbound highway between Stormvoël & Proefplaas interchange when they spotted a group of suspects attacking occupants of a broken-down vehicle.

GTP members immediately called SAPS requesting backup. A shoot-out ensued and one suspect was shot dead.

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After searching the area members came upon tools and implements used in ‘spike crimes’ hidden in the bushes next to the road.

The scene is under police investigation.

Spiking Hotspots

Note that these type of crimes can happen anywhere at any time but the current hotspots for spike traps are:

  • N4 Mpumalanga to Pretoria between Solomon Mahlangu and Watermeyer off-ramp
  • N4 Pretoria to Mpumalanga between Bronkhorstspruit and Balmoral off-ramp
  • N1 Polokwane and N4 Mpumalanga interchange in Pretoria
  • N4 to Rustenburg between R80 Mabopane Freeway and Brits plaza tollgate
  • Golden Highway
  • R21 Freeway from OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria

The following safety tips are to be followed as a precaution when a vehicle has been spiked:

Never stop your vehicle if your vehicle is punctured by spikes, instead, drive slowly to the nearest garage while contacting Police.

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If you are stopped by a Traffic officer, demand to see their appointment certificate to verify if such an officer is employed by the relevant Traffic authority.

In case the officer fails to produce his or her appointment certificate, take down the registration number of the patrol vehicle and report them to immediately the nearest police station.

If your vehicle has had a complete breakdown on the road, remain in the vehicle with your car locked while seeking assistance.

Do not allow any person to tow your vehicle without written permission.

Should you realise that another motorist has been spiked in your presence kindly stop and give the necessary assistance.

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Report any Suspicious Movements:
Motorists are urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious movements on our freeways to our Radio control room at 011 689 3712 or 011 689 3999 or alternatively, they can contact the police at 08600-10111.

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