Kidnapped e-hailing driver jumps from moving hijacked vehicle

South African Police Service

Kidnapped e-hailing driver jumps from moving hijacked vehicle
Kidnapped e-hailing driver jumps from moving hijacked vehicle

It is alleged that on 2 December 2020 at 22:00, an e-hailing driver was stationary in his vehicle at Siyanda area in KwaMashu, dropping off a passenger when he was approached by two armed men.

At gunpoint, he was forcefully bundled into the back seat of his vehicle. Another suspect who was carrying a knife, stabbed him during the scuffle. The victim was also robbed of his two cell phones and cash. The suspects drove off with the victim inside the vehicle. The police officers from KwaMashu were busy conducting patrols in the vicinity when they spotted a vehicle that was travelling at a high speed.

Furthermore, a man was seen jumping out, whilst the same vehicle was in motion.

The police intercepted the said vehicle. The suspect lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into the wall, damaging a private vehicle which was parked in the yard of a certain house. Police found a 19-year-old male with injuries trapped inside the vehicle. The other male managed to escape and is still being sought by police.

The vehicle was then searched and two cellphones and a knife was found. While the scene was being combed, the police officers were approached by a male, who introduced himself as an e-hailing driver who reported that he was hijacked and stabbed.

The suspect was positively identified as the one who had hijacked him with his accomplice who fled the scene. The suspect was then placed under arrest. He was taken to hospital for medical attention and was under police guard. He is expected to appear before the Ntuzuma Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 7 December 2020 for charges of carjacking and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula welcomed the arrest of the suspect.

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