A bakkie that was used by poachers in Tugela was recovered in Verulam after a high speed chase ensued by a private security company after occupants of a bakkie shot and killed an Impala last Saturday.

The abandoned bakkie was recovered at Mhlasini in Everest Heights. “The occupants of the vehicle were being pursued by a private security company based in Tugela and Ismail Mitha from Big Show Towing after they shot and killed an Impala.

“The bakkie sped off after security officers approached the poachers. Several attempts were made to stop the bakkie without success but during the chase it collided with two vehicles,” said Reaction Unit South Africa’s Prem Balram. Balram said Reaction Unit South Africa received a call from Mitha requesting assistance to locate the bakkie which was heading in the direction of Verulam. “Reaction officers conducted an extensive search of Hazelmere and Redcliffe without success.

“The following morning, Rusa received a call from a member of public reporting that a bakkie matching the description was abandoned at the informal settlement in Everest Heights. The vehicle was found abandoned on an unpaved road. The buck that was shot by the poachers was found behind the vehicle. A spent rifle cartridge was also recovered at the scene,” said Balram.

Balram said that after police contacted the owner of the bakie, he claimed that his vehicle was stolen a night ahead of the incident. “He was at the police station registering a case of theft of motor vehicle when the vehicle was recovered, a further investigation is being conducted,” said Verulam police communications officer Captain Henry Kisten.