National 22.8.2016 04:33 pm

Boy hears parents being shot while hitchhiking

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The couple were waiting at an intersection for a lift when a vehicle pulled up to them.

The parents of a 10-year-old boy were shot and killed near the intersection of the R28 and the N12 in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg, on Friday night, according to the Randfontein Police.

It is alleged the boy and his parents were hitchhiking from the West Rand to Potchefstroom for the weekend, Randfontein Herald reported.

They were dropped off at the intersection and while waiting for another lift, a vehicle allegedly pulled up to them. It is said that two men approached them and forced them into the bushes.

The boy was then allegedly told to lie on the ground with his head down. He claimed to have heard gunshots in the distance. It is said that when it became quiet, he walked back to the N12.

A motorist apparently found the child there, with blood on his clothes, and took him to the Westonaria Police Station. He was eventually left in the care of relatives in Potchefstroom.

“The police officers worked through the night to follow up on the information they had received,” said Captain Appel Ernst, spokesperson for the West Rand Cluster police.

“At daybreak on the following day, the bodies of his parents were discovered in the bushes across the road from where the boy indicated the incident had occurred.”

The provincial investigative team is following up on the incident.

Colonel Selvan Moonsammy, Westonaria Police’s station commander, expressed his shock and dismay at these senseless murders and said the intersection was patrolled regularly after a spate of robberies were reported in the area.

“No stone will be left unturned in this investigation,” Moonsammy said.

He urges anyone who might be able to shed light on the incident to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 immediately.

– Caxton News Service

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