Suspect denied bail for attempted murder and armed robberies

A suspect, Shane Ngutjane who hijacked a tourist’s vehicle was denied bail by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday.

Ngutjane was arrested in July by the Mpumalanga Task Team after he hijacked a vehicle of a tourist in Culcutta after the police received a tip-off about his whereabouts.

According to the Hawks, upon arrival, the suspect allegedly started shooting at the police and they retaliated. Ngutjane was shot and was arrested.


“He was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunitions. He has been linked to various of cases in Bushbuckridge,” said Hawks spokesperson, Capt Dineo Sekgotodi.

In April 2014, he stole a vehicle at Kabokweni and evaded the arrest. In December 2019, he also attempted to hijack a vehicle. He, however, managed to rob the victims of their belongings.

“The cases were transferred to Mpumalanga Serious Organised Crime Investigation where the team managed to arrest him with his other accomplice Norman Sylvester Mokoena. Mokoena is linked to 12 other cases with Ngutjane which will be presented before the court on the next court date.”


The case against Mokoena is postponed to 23 September while the case against Ngutjane is postponed to 13 October for formal bail application.

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