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Search underway for killers of Kaizer Chiefs defender Luke Fleurs

Kaizer Chiefs defender Luke Fleurs was killed in a failed hijacking attempt in Honeydew, Johannesburg, on Wednesday night.

Kaizer Chiefs defender killed in attempted hijacking

Fluers was shot dead in an attempted hijacking on Wednesday night.

Gauteng police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, stated that Fleurs was driving a red VW Golf 8 GTI into the petrol station on 14th Avenue.

“While waiting to be served by the petrol attendant, he was confronted by two armed males who came driving a white BMW 1 Series,” Masondo said.

“The suspects pointed him with a firearm and took him out of his vehicle, then shot him once on the upper body. One suspect drove off with the victim’s car followed by his accomplice.”

According to IOL, Fluers was taken to the nearest medical care centre where he was certified dead on his arrival.

Police have opened an investigation into the murder and car hijacking, but no arrests have been made yet.

IOL reported that Masondo stated that Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Tommy Mthombeni has appointed a team of detectives from the provincial office to investigate and search for the suspects.

An increase in violent crimes in South Africa

By the end of 2023, South Africa saw a rise in violent crime, with many police stations reporting a high number of murders.

According to BusinessTech, Police Minister Bheki Cele stated that murders in the third quarter of the 2023/24 year (October to December 2023) increased by 2.1%, leading to 155 more murders compared to quarter 3 of 2022/23.

Cele stated that arguments, misunderstandings, and road rage were the primary causes of the killings.

BusinessTech reported that 431 murders were linked to vigilantism and mob justice attacks, with Gauteng registering the highest at 84, followed by the Eastern Cape with 80 and KwaZulu-Natal with 78.

According to stats released by the SAPS, carjackings also increased by 6.5% from 5,608 to 5,973 around the country.

The Western Cape also saw an 8.9% increase in murder and hijacking cases, and the country’s richest province, Gauteng, saw a 3.8% increase.

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