Police spokesperson Captain Rheineith Motlana said two armed men hijacked a Golf 7 in the early hours of Sunday near Brits, northwest of Pretoria, Rekord North reported.
Motlana said authorities started a high-speed chase moments later towards Mabopane.
“The men crashed the hijacked vehicle into a bridge and landed in a river. The one man, a passenger, died instantly, while the other was still trapped in the vehicle,” she said.
She said two Tracker SA employees and police officers risked their lives to free the trapped hijacker from the vehicle, who was then rushed to hospital in a serious condition.
Motlana added a case of possession of an unlicensed motor vehicle, firearm and ammunition was being investigated.
This after a suspect was apprehended by a private security company in uMhlanga, north of Durban, after he crashed a hijacked car last month.
The incident was captured by CCTV cameras. In the video, a VW Golf that was reportedly hijacked at a nearby McDonald’s is seen racing down a street before the driver loses control, plowing into the wall of a residential property.
The suspect then abandons the vehicle and flees the scene. A few moments later he is brought back to the scene by reaction officers from Enforce Security Services.
– Caxton News Service