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Alleged highway spiking suspects in court today

Eleven suspects alleged to be involved in highway spiking and online shopping robberies will appear in court in Pretoria today.

Four suspects will be charged with several counts of rape and armed robbery, while a woman will be charged with contravening the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 and operating an illegal shebeen.

Police spokesperson Colonel Mavela Masondo confirmed that the National Prosecuting Authority still needs to advise in which court the suspects will appear.

He confirmed that further investigations are underway to formulate other charges relating to spiking and robberies related to online shopping against the suspects.

He said that the arrests of the suspects took place in Winterveldt at a house that was also used as a shebeen after a multi-disciplinary police operation on Saturday, May 11.

“One suspect was shot and killed,” said Masondo.

Masondo said the deceased suspect allegedly charged police and the police shot him. He was declared dead at the scene.

According to Masondo, the police received information on the whereabouts of suspects allegedly responsible for road spiking incidents on the N1, N4 and R80 as well as online shopping robberies.

A team went to Winterveldt to a house that was also used to operate an illegal shebeen, where they confronted 10 male suspects and the woman running the shebeen and arrested them.

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