Two North West police officers face charges of attempted murder, theft and hijacking after allegedly trying to force a Brits man to pay a spot fine.
Christiaan Wynand Rudolf Nel was pulled over by two officers in a police vehicle on Monday at 3am, supposedly for ignoring a red traffic light on the Brits main road, North West Superintendent Junior Metsi said on Tuesday.
"An argument ensued about alleged speeding and the two officers issued a spot fine of R2 000."
Nel called his girlfriend and arranged to meet her at a nearby fuel station where the money would be drawn.
"The girl asked her father for help, who enlisted a security company's assistance. The money was drawn and given to Nel, upon which the police officers and Nel drove off, one of the officers driving Nel's car."
The security vehicle followed them to a spot where Nel handed R1 000 to the police officers.
"It seems that one of the officers spotted the security surveillance, panicked and drove off in the police vehicle. Nel ran towards the security guards and several shots were fired. The second police officer then fled in Nel's car."
The car was found abandoned in the Brits area later on Monday.
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