Canadian tourists detained, robbed in Mbombela


A family of five, of which four members came to visit from Canada, had to cut their holiday short after they were detained, robbed and assaulted by criminals – who posed as police officers – around 20:30 on Saturday.

According to col. Donald Mdhluli, police spokesperson, was driving the family in a Toyota Fortuner when four armed suspects stopped them on the N4 highway next to the High Court in Mbombela.

“The suspects drove in a Ford Ranger bakkie with blue lights. It is alleged that they flashed the blue lights to stop the family, after which they held victims at gunpoint, assaulted them and robbed them of personal belongings.

“The victims were then taken to an ATM, after which the suspects gained access to the victims’ bank accounts. An unknown amount of cash was withdrawn from the victims’ bank accounts at various ATMs,” says Mdhluli.

Some of the items stolen from the victims include mobile phones, jewellery, cash and bank cards.

“No one has been arrested yet, but a team of investigators led by Lt. Gen. Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, the provincial police commissioner in Mpumalanga, is working tirelessly to ensure that the perpetrators are arrested.”

Anyone with information that could help arrest the suspect can call Detective Colonel Thami Mkhaliphi on 082 469 2431. Alternatively, the public can call the StopCrime number on 08600 10111 or send information via the MYSAPSAPP.