A motorist was shot dead while his brother was wounded during a shootout with unknown suspects on the N1 Bela-Bela in Limpopo on Monday. It is alleged that two brothers aged 34 and 50 were traveling along the N1 South Freeway in a black Opel Corsa motor vehicle on Monday, 17 April 2023 at about 22:30.

Their vehicle was hit by an unknown object next to Mantsole Weigh Bridge in the Waterberg District. They stopped the vehicle and alighted to check its condition and that is when they realized that two of the tyres were spiked and that they couldn’t proceed with their journey.

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They decided to change the tyres and while they were busy. A group of people came from the bushes and started insulting and shooting at them. They retaliated by shooting back and the suspects subsequently fled the scene without taking anything from them but two sustained injuries on the upper body.

The Police and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were summoned to the scene. Both victims were taken to a local hospital where the 50-year-old brother succumbed to his injuries. On arrival while the 34-year-old was admitted for medical attention. The deceased who was a driver of the motor vehicle was identified as Herman Ramollo (50). A a resident of Diepsloot, Gauteng province.

Limpopo Motorist shot dead on the N1 in Bela-Bela
Limpopo Motorist shot dead on the N1 in Bela-Bela

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The Police have since launched a Manhunt for the unknown suspects. They ae responsible for the murder and attempted murder of the two.

Police in Bela-Bela call on community members to assist with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects. They are belived to have been involved in the murder and attempted murder of two brothers. The armed robbery occurred along the N1 Freeway between Lehau and Mantsole.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers is calling upon motorists to be cautious. When experiencing problems with their cars motorists are advised to preferably stop at public places where they can get assistance.

Anyone with information that can assist police with investigations should contact the Investigating Officer Lieutenant Colonel Annamarie Smith at 082 319 9336. Crime stop number 0860010111 or nearest police station or MySAPSApp.