Two men aged between 28 and 29, are set to appear before the Nigel magistrate’s court. They are facing charges of murder, robbery, attempted murder and hijacking.

This is after they robbed a jewelry store in Nigel, south of Ekurhuleni on Wednesday (November 4).

According to Gauteng police, it is alleged that the two armed men entered a jewelry store in Hendrick Verwoerd Street where they shot and injured the 35-year-old shopkeeper.

“Two more armed suspects are reported to have joined the initial two and the suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry. It is further alleged that the fleeing suspects fired shots at a private security vehicle, fatally wounding the passenger,” said Gauteng SAPS spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele.

The suspects then hijacked a nearby Ford Figo and sped off.

Police who were on routine patrol in the area noticed the hijacking incident. A chase ensued followed by an exchange of fire between the Police and the suspects.

“Police cornered the suspects and during the arrest, recovered the hijacked vehicle, the suspects’ getaway car, the stolen cash and jewelry, as well as an unlicensed firearm in the car. Two suspects evaded arrest and are sought by police,”

Management of the SAPS in Gauteng has commended the members for dealing decisively with the suspects, urging all law enforcement officers in the province to intensify efforts geared at bringing down the high volumes of violent crime as the festive season looms.

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