Two more teenagers who were allegedly responsible for the carjacking and murder of a Westernburg bolt taxi driver have been arrested. The lifeless body of the driver was found in Westernburg, Polokwane on Monday, 9 October 2023.

A 17-year-old minor suspect was arrested on Tuesday in Ladanna outside Polokwane following an intelligence-led operation.

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Two of his accomplices, ages 15 and 16, were arrested on Friday, 13 October 2023. They handed themselves to the police, accompanied by their parents. The hijacked motor vehicle was found abandoned in the park at Ladine in Polokwane.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects requested to be ferried by a bolt-metered taxi. Along the way, they stabbed the driver to death afterwards, burned, and dumped the body on a newly developed site near the Place of Safety Shelter in the Westenburg Policing area.


The police’s investigations have managed to identify the deceased. Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has lauded the swift arrests.

“All of the arrested suspects in this horrendous crime were found to be minors, which is very disturbing that our children are now involved in such criminal activities. This youngster exhibits an unbelievable lack of moral fibre by robbing the victims and murdering them so brutally that it is unacceptable in this province,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The minor suspects are expected to appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court in due course. This follows the completion of the diversion programs with the probation officer and the social workers.