Three hijackers are behind bars after a shoot-out with police.
On Sunday night (November 4), three men were given a lift from a hiking spot in Ladysmith. The hitchhikers claimed they were going to Estcourt. As the driver of the vehicle passed Estcourt on the N3, the men remained silent. The driver became suspicious but kept on driving.
An altercation took place between the driver and the men in the Mooi River area, where the driver was stabbed, tied up and put in the back of his vehicle.
The vehicle was then driven to the Winterton area, where he was removed and dumped along the roadway. He managed to untie himself and with the help of a passing motorist, he contacted Winterton police.
Police intercepted the vehicle at the entrance of the town and a shoot-out ensued between police and the carjackers.
Two suspects, aged between 30 and 40, were arrested.
One sustained a slight injury to his finger and the other sustained several gunshot wounds to the body. He was admitted to Emmaus Hospital under police guard.
The third suspect (27) was arrested by police in the Bergville area.
A case of carjacking and attempted murder has been opened at Winterton SAPS. The case docket will be transferred, together with the suspects, to Mooi River SAPS.
The suspects appeared in court during the week.