Police in Limpopo have sent a strong warning to community members who are still hitchhiking unknown motor vehicles. This warning comes against a background of an incident that took place, on Tuesday, 25 July at around 10:00 in the bushes along R81 road Xikukwani Village, Giyani.

A 28-year-old male victim was allegedly hitchhiking at the traffic lights of Siyandhani along R81 going to Malamulele. A silver Datsun car with two occupants including the driver stopped. They apparently offered him a lift together with another man.

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On the way, the driver then suggested to the occupants that he needed to via nearby bushes to buy firewood.

 While in the bushes, he allegedly stopped the vehicle and suddenly, everyone including the other hitchhiker threatened him with a knife and firearms, demanding money.

Hitchhiking in Limpopo is discouraged after a Giyani Man was throwing out of a Vehicle


The three suspects robbed him of a cellphone and money. They also tried to access funds from his bank account through an App but it was insufficient. They pushed him out of the vehicle and drove off at high speed.

The victim immediately notified the Police and a manhunt to arrest the suspects was launched.

“It is more safe and reliable to make use of public transport,” said Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

“People can avoid becoming victims in the hands of these ruthless and heartless criminals by making use of Public Transport. Your precious life is more valuable so take it seriously,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The Police opened a case of robbery with a firearm.

Anyone with information that can assist the Police to arrest these criminals should contact Detective Warrant Officer Hobyani @ 071 1637 272. Crime stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest Police Station or MysapsApp. 

Three teenagers, two boys and a girl were confirmed dead in an accident on the R81 road next to Xikukwani village, Mopani.

This is after the bakkie they were traveling in lost control due to suspected reckless driving.

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The only survivor has been transported to Nkhensani Hospital for medical attention.


Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC, Polly Boshielo shas sent condolences to the bereaved families.

“This is a second accident in Mopani District that has claimed lives over this weekend. It is a cause for concern.

“We continue to plead with motorists to obey the rules of the road, for them to arrive alive at their respective destinations” said MEC Boshielo.