Police in Limpopo continue to send a strong warning to commuters after two female hitchhikers were robbed by two male occupants in Mankweng. The incident took place on Thursday evening, 11 January 2024, along the R71 next to Serala Bridge outside Polokwane.

Preliminary reports indicate that two women were hitchhiking to Mankweng when a silver grey Nissan Tiida with two male occupants offered them a lift.

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When they reached the Mankweng policing area, the vehicle took the wrong direction into the bushes. The male passenger produced a firearm and pointed it at the victims. The suspects then robbed the victims of their cellphones and transferred money into their accounts using the Banking App. They also robbed them of an undisclosed amount of cash and shoes.

The suspects thereafter drove off and left the victims in the bushes. The victims were eventually assisted by the community, and police were summoned.


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has once more sent a strong warning to commuters who continuously engage themselves in hitchhiking.

“We still warn members of the public to stay vigilant to prevent such incidents. Commuters are advised to consider alternative transportation options such as the use of public transport. It is important that passengers exercise caution at all times. In order to avoid being robbed of their belongings and ultimately being raped and murdered, “said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Police have opened two counts of armed robbery and anyone with information that can assist the police in arresting the suspects should contact Mankweng Detectives on 082 565 6764. Crime Stop on 08600 10111; the nearest Police Station or via MySAPS app.