Zwide hijacking, swift reaction sees recovery of delivery vehicle

South African Police Service

Zwide hijacking, swift reaction sees recovery of delivery vehicle
Zwide hijacking, swift reaction sees recovery of delivery vehicle

Members of SAPS Kwazakhele made a speedy recovery of a furniture light delivery vehicle after it was hijacked in Zwide.

This followed after the furniture vehicle, a white Toyota flatbed bakkie was hijacked by three suspects using a white VW Golf. Just after 15:20 on 13 December 2018, the driver and his assistant was about to deliver a mattress at a house in Magi Street, Zwide when a white VW Golf stopped in front of them. Two suspects got out while the driver remained in the golf.

The two suspects, one armed with a firearm then pointed the furniture vehicle driver and ordered the assistant to remain on the scene while the suspects got into the furniture vehicle and ordered the driver to drive. The VW Golf followed them. The assistant notified the SAPS of the hijacking and after 10 minutes the vehicle was spotted by Kwazakhele police in Boxongo Street, Kwazakhele.

A short vehicle chase ensued until the two suspects jumped from the furniture vehicle and managed to evade arrest. The firearm they were using was dropped next to the vehicle in the process and discovered by SAPS as a toy gun.

The 55 year old driver sustained an injury to his head when the suspects pistol whipped him in the hijacking process. Nothing was taken by the suspects.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie has warned criminals that “using a toy gun to commit a crime still qualifies that as a firearm in terms of the Firearms Control Act. SAPS will use the same procedures in dealing with armed suspects, whether it is a real firearm or a toy gun. SAPS will continue to focus on crimes committed using firearms and will use the full force of the law to ensure such criminals are brought to book before court.”

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SOURCESouth African Police Service