On January 23, a 34-year-old off-duty traffic officer was shot, murdered, and robbed of his Volkswagen Golf 7 in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

Monday at around 19:30, the incident happened at the Water Reservoir in Steiltes, Nelspruit, according to Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

“…upon arrival, they (police) found the Provincial Traffic Officer in a pool of blood. The medical personnel that attended the scene, unfortunately, certified him dead and a case of murder with additional charges of robbery and carjacking is being investigated by the police,” said Mohlala.

The preliminary inquiry revealed that the traffic officer, named by his family as Silvester Samkelo Nkosi, was with a female companion when two suspects attacked.

“The female friend was reportedly unharmed during the incident, and she went to call for help at the nearest filling station whilst the suspects fled with the victim’s car and service firearm,” said the police spokesperson.

The Mpumalanga police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, has authorised a manhunt in an effort to apprehend the culprits.

“It is well known that in this province, we do not blink an eye whenever crime is committed. There will be no difference on this case, and they better hand themselves over to the authorities before we get to them,” said the commissioner.

The public is advised to contact the Detective Branch Commander in Nelspruit, Detective-Colonel Donald Mkhaliphi, at 079-230-3126 or the Crime Stop hotline at 08600-10111 if they have information on the incident.


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