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Johannesburg - The four heavily armed men who shot two police officers on Tuesday appear to have made their getaway in a car with the number plates of a stolen vehicle.
Two policemen came under attack from four men they had pulled over on the M2 East highway.
One of the two officers, 30-year-old Lufhuno Maremba, was still in a critical condition, while 37-year-old Anthony Magalebata was discharged from hospital on Wednesday.
The four are believed to have been armed with R5 rifles and were still on the loose last night.
On Wednesday, messages on social media sites such as Twitter said people should be on the lookout for a champagne-coloured Mercedes-Benz C230 with a GP plate, believed to have been used by the gang.
@Pigspotter tweeted the details of the car and told The Star he had a reliable source for the information.
Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said the car was silver, but would not give more information on the plates.
“We cannot confirm we are looking for that number (plate),” he said.
The registration details of the number plate indicate that it belongs to a Pretoria man, but when he was contacted by The Star, he was shocked to hear this.
“I’ve never heard of those (licence plate) numbers,” he said.
The papers also state that the plate is registered to a white Toyota Land Cruiser.
The man had two of his Land Cruisers stolen, one two years ago and the other about six months after that.
He said his cars had different number plates when they were stolen.