Police in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday morning said that they managed to recover the VW Polo Vivo that was hijacked from two NMMU students, who were attacked by six armed men over the weekend in North End.
One of the students, who owned the vehicle, was later shot execution style, while his female companion was raped and dumped in Central.
According to police the vehicle was found abandoned in KwaZakhele Township on Monday night and a police forensic unit is busy trying to get clues from the vehicle about the attackers.
No arrests have yet been made in the case and police are appealing to anyone who can assist in their investigation in tracing the suspects to contact D/Capt ‘Klippie’ Killian of SAPS Mount Road on 083 391 2377 or Constable Nkaza 082 442 1384 or 08600 10111.
All information reported to police will be treated as strictly confidential.
Police believe the students, aged 21 and 28 years old, were parked outside the NMMU’s Varsity Park student residence in North End on Saturday night where they had gone to pick up friends for the recently concluded intervarsity cup, when six men drove up in another car.
The two were bundled into the boot of their Polo Vivo at gunpoint and driven to Brighton Beach, where the male student, from Mthatha, was shot dead. His body was recovered on Sunday afternoon floating in the water.
Two gunmen allegedly took turns to rape his 21 year-old female friend, and she was later dumped in Central.
She later managed to report the case.
On Monday, the NMMU said it was deeply saddened by the crime and extendeds its condolences to the late student’s family.
“The university has a zero tolerance stance on sexual violence and will continue with campaigns aimed at ending violence against vulnerable groups,” it said.
“While the matter is under police investigation, the university will do its best to support the surviving victim in any way possible, with counselling also made available for the wider student population.
“The university is working closely with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. Full disclosure of the victims will be made once their next of kin have been notified.”