Tshwane businessmen have been advised to remain vigilant and exercise caution following numerous robberies in the city.
In a recent incident, a local businessman was followed from the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market and forced off the road by a group of gunmen close to a bridge on Eskia Mphahlele road (formerly D F Malan road) outside the city and robbed of a substantial amount of cash.
In a separate apparent unrelated incident, unconfirmed reports have emerged that another local businessman was stopped by a marked Tshwane Metro Police vehicle on Quagga road in Pretoria West. Whilst being questioned by a Metro Police officer, gunmen emerged from the bush and bundled the victim into the back seat of his vehicle. The suspects fled with valuables and the vehicle after dropping off the victim outside Elandspoort west of the city.
These incidents follow a shootout in Thaba Tshwane on Friday evening between gunmen and SANDF personnel during which a Pakistani national was left injured after the occupants of a BMW X5 opened fire on the vehicle in which he was travelling outside 1 Military Hospital.
Businessmen have been urged to drive to the closest police station and call the police 10111 number if they suspect that they are being followed and to report any suspicious activity.
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