TRAVELLING at night has become a dangerous exercise for motorists using the N4 in Tshwane.

It seems thugs have found a new way of getting cars to stop on the road. . .

They throw spikes wrapped in a blanket!

Three people fell victim to this trick on Sunday and Monday.

One of the victims said he and his girlfriend were on their way from Emalahleni, near the Solomon Mahlangu off-ramp, when he saw something like a blanket on the road.

He couldn’t avoid it, and when he drove over it his tyres were slashed and he was forced to stop the car.

He said a group of men appeared out of nowhere and demanded his belongings at gunpoint.

“We thought they were going to kill us,” he said.

When Daily Sun contacted Gauteng police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele about the robberies taking place using the same modus operandi, he said he wasn’t aware of it.

Meanwhile, a 58-year-old man was brutally murdered while driving from Rosslyn to Brits in a white Toyota Quantum on the R566 between Mmakau and Brits.

According to North West police the vehicle got a puncture after it drove over spikes.

Captain Sam Tselanyane said the man allegedly stopped the vehicle to fix the puncture but was ambushed and shot at by two suspects.

“The man was fatally wounded and the suspects robbed him of his pistol and other belongings,” he said.

“Two passengers travelling with the deceased were also robbed.”

The suspects are still at large.

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Sello Kwena has instructed a 72-hour activation plan be implemented, including the deployment of various units to trace and arrest the suspects.

“Motorists should be vigilant when approaching that area at night. It’s a crime hot spot.”