This began as two policemen, Constable John Locken & Koos de Klerek were patrolling on the Pretoria-Bronkhorstspruit road, shortly after midnight. The patrolmen would be shocked when their vans headlights illuminated an unusual object on the road ahead of them. Right in the middle of the highway sat a disk shaped UFO. The patrolmen estimated the diameter of the object at about 30', and it was of a copper color. In a moment, the craft began to rise up from the road, shooting flames from below through double tubes of what the patrolmen thought were engines. The pair reported their sighting, and in part of the report, Constable Lockem made this statement:
Its lift off was quicker than anything I have ever seen.
The men also reported that the flames were 3' above the road, and the great heat from the exhaust kept the asphalt afire for a time after the object had flown away. After the asphalt had cooled, the road was blocked off and the area of the sighting more closely examined. It was found that part of the road had actually caved in under the heavy weight of the UFO. There was a burned area of about 6' in diameter, which would indicate the approximate size of the engine ports. The official governmental investigation was done by Lt. Col. J.B. Brits, District Commandant of Pretoria North. After the investigation was completed, Lt. Col Brits was interviewed in a Pretoria newspaper. He was quoted in the paper as stating:
The case of the UFO landing was considered as being of a highly secret nature and an inquiry is being conducted in top circles.
There were trace element samples taken from the area of the landing, and sent for scientific analysis, but the results of these tests were never released to the public. It is quite obvious that something very unusual landed in South Africa, left landing traces, and was seen by reliable witnesses. Unfortunately, it is quite certain that no further details will be released, and the mystery of what exactly landed, will remain a mystery.