GEORGE NEWS - Police have confirmed that rumours that the two women who died in last month's incident on the Voëlklip road in Herold's Bay were shot by a third party, are unfounded.
This comes after widespread speculation on social media that the deceased, whose names have not been released yet, were mugged and shot at Hansie se bank before their vehicle went over the edge and plummeted down the cliff.
According to Southern Cape police spokesperson, Sgt Chris Spies, they are not in a position to disclose information pertaining to the investigation at this stage due to the sensitive nature of the matter.
"Furthermore, the speculation that the deceased were attacked is untrue. No such information came to the fore during the course of the police investigation," he said this week.
The incident took place when two 75-year- old women from a retirement home in the Krugersdorp area went over the cliff in a white Mazda on Saturday 20 February.
An eyewitness and resident of Herold's Bay, Chris Hattingh, confirmed that while he and his granddaughter were walking their dog nearby, they heard two gunshots before seeing the vehicle slowly moving towards the edge of the cliff, picking up momentum and going over.
Police later confirmed that two firearms, registered to the deceased, were found inside the vehicle.
According to unconfirmed reports one of the women sustained a gunshot wound to the head and one of them allegedly suffered from dementia. It is unclear whether both were shot. This information could however not be officially confirmed and is regarded as hearsay at this stage.
Spies confirmed that the weapons were sent for ballistic tests but said they could not at this stage confirm whether any shots had been fired from them.
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