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Don't pick up strangers

By unknown | Jan 24, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

Mpumalanga police have warned motorists not to offer lifts to strangers.

This after a motorist was robbed at gunpoint by two men he had picked up at Cottondale on Monday night.

A Mopani police spokesman, Superintendent Moatshe Ngoepe, said the 39-year-old motorist offered a lift to the two strangers along the Cottondale- Acornhoek road on his way to Thulamahashe.

The thugs robbed the unnamed motorist of his cellphone, cash and other valuables.

"The hitch-hikers asked the motorist to drop them off in Songeni.

When he stopped the men alighted but, to his surprise, they opened the door again as if they had forgotten something and then produced a firearm before searching him and the car," said Ngoepe.

The motorist drove to Mhala police station in Thulamahashe, where he laid a charge of armed robbery.

No arrests have been made.

The incident has prompted the police to warn motorists not to offer lifts to strangers.

"Motorists should know that taxis and buses are there to transport these strangers," said Ngoepe.


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