5-Year-Old Killed in Soshanguve Hijacking, Gauteng Police Hunt for Suspects

5-Year-Old Killed in Soshanguve Hijacking, Gauteng Police Hunt for Suspects

  • Police in Gauteng are searching for suspects linked to the killing of a five-year-old boy who was shot during a hijacking
  • The little boy ran out to welcome his father after he arrived home on Friday evening when hijackers came to steal his father's bakkie
  • Authorities are appealing to anyone who might have information that can help in the investigation to come forward

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Little boy shot and killed in highjacking.
Police have launched a manhunt after a five-year-old was killed in a highjacking in Soshanguve. Images: Gift Makoti
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SOSHANGUVE - Gauteng police are on the hunt for suspects responsible for the murder of a five-year-old little boy.

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Soshanguve Hijacking

According to The Sowetan, a five-year-old child was fatally wounded when his father's bakkie was hijacked outside their home in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, on Friday evening. The child had allegedly gone out to welcome his father when he arrived home at about 10.30pm.

Police spokesperson Lt-Col Mavela Masondo said:

“An unconfirmed number of armed suspects allegedly hijacked the father's white Toyota bakkie and shot the five-year-old boy, who later died in hospital.”

Masonda added that police had opened cases of murder and hijacking for investigation and were searching for the suspects.

Mzansi shattered

South Africans are heartbroken by the untimely death of the little boy. The family is devastated and netizens are sending their love and prayers to them.

Here are some of the reactions:

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@Dineo Manokwane said:

"Ao bathong ,why maar, he is still a baby hle."

@Amia Hope shared:

"Such cruelty, prayers to the family."

@Dalius Sibeka exclaimed:

"Yeah, neh, we are now killing one another like wild animals."

@Sizwe Bokwana exclaimed:

"This is heartbreaking."

@Maloke Mashabela expressed:

"Crime is out of hand; it is easy to commit serious crimes in our country and get a light sentence, then be released on parole and get an illegal firearm within two days."

@Nkele Sebola saddened:

"Yeah, neh, why did they shoot the little one mara? Ba robolaya ngwana motho, a five years old? Yeah, crime in this country neh... I'm so sorry, boy."

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In a related story, Briefly News reported that two Johannesburg Metro cops were arrested alongside 13 other suspects in connection with a truck hijacking on the N12 in Benoni.

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The police officers were part of a group found in possession of unlicensed firearms, hijacked vehicles, and jamming devices. A specialised team retrieved five stolen vehicles, including goods worth R3.2 million.

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Trisha Pillay (Weekend current affairs editor) Trisha Pillay is a Current Affairs writer at Briefly News. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg and an Honours degree in International Politics from UNISA. She joined ENCA straight out of varsity and completed an internship at the channel. Pillay later went on to cover politics, crime, entertainment, and current affairs at the Citizen Newspaper. She joined Newzroom Afrika in 2019 and became a senior bulletin editor for shows focused on politics and current affairs on the channel. She joined Briefly News in 2023. You can contact her at trisha.pillay@briefly.co.za

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