Another foreign tourist, another American again, is hastily returning to America after looking into the barrel of a robber’s gun on the N4 highway in Brits. A 26 year old man, his 22 year girlfriend and an American friend (40), were robbed at gunpoint after they drove over stones that were deliberately packed in the road, and had to stop to change the tyre, on Sunday morning around 02:00 on the N4 highway at Brits.
The group were returning after visiting family at Mooinooi when they had to drive over the stones. They drove on for a while and when they thought that they were safe enough, they stopped to change the tyre. When the 26 year old man got out to change the tyre, he was threatened with a gun by a black man who suddenly appeared. The 3 occupants of the car convinced the attacker that they would just leave him with the car and everything, after which they went to hide in some bushes. Luckily the female had a cellphone with her with which she could phone for help. On returning to the car, they discovered goods to the value of R150,000 were taken from the car. The goods included cellphones, a camera, some US dollars and the American’s passport and identification documents which would no doubt be priceless on the black market.
The American tourist had to apply for a temporary passport and is returning home as soon as possible. Police told the victims that three other similar incidents had occurred within a week at Brits. Maroela Media reported in May last year that a woman had been robbed and raped on the N4 at Onderstepoort when her vehicle broke down.
The roads around Brits are infamous and akin to running the gauntlet… with the perpetrators able to fleece road users at will, with no fear of the law ever bothering to actually find them…