The South African National Defence Force recovered four bakkies along the border between South Africa and Mozambique on Tuesday June 14 at about 03:00.
A provincial police spokesperson, Brig Selvy Mohlala, said some SANDF members were on routine patrol duties when they spotted a suspicious convoy of bakkies believed to have been heading to Mozambique.
“The occupants of these vehicles in the convoy started shooting towards the SANDF members, who then fired back. One male was fatally wounded. However, the other suspects managed to flee into the darkness on foot,” said Mohlala.
He said the four vehicles, two Toyota Legend 50 bakkies, a Toyota Fortuner and a Toyota Hilux bakkie, had been reported stolen in Lyttelton and Florida in Gauteng, as well as in Pienaar, Mpumalanga.