Standerton policeman hijacked, robbed of firearm, Balfour

South African Police Service

Standerton policeman hijacked, robbed of firearm, Balfour
Standerton policeman hijacked, robbed of firearm, Balfour

Jerry Sfiso Ubisi, aged 31 and 37-year-old Fannie Sibande, were both remanded in custody by the Carolina Magistrate’s Court on 28 July 2021. The two were arrested on Tuesday, 27 July 2021, after security personnel from Tracking Cyber Search and Metric Car Track companies apprehended them in partnership with members from the Carolina SAPS.

Reports indicate that the two were amongst a group of three armed men who were allegedly involved in a car hijacking incident at Balfour where they attacked an off-duty police Constable working at Standerton.

It is said that the member was driving in his private vehicle next to the R23 Road near the Balfour/Grootvlei intersection at low speed due to speed humps. Three heavily armed men then appeared in front of his vehicle and pointed him with firearms. They then held him hostage and robbed him of his service firearm with ammunition as well as an undisclosed amount of cash, assaulted him and forced him to lie down at the back seat of his vehicle.

They also took his bank cards, ID document and other belongings. The suspects are said to have then dropped him off next to the road near Vosloorus and drove away with the stolen items and his vehicle as well as his service firearm.

The suspects reportedly took off the number plates as well and replaced them with false ones. Moments later, the vehicle was spotted being used by the suspects to tow a silver grey Ford Fiesta sedan which seemed to have had a breakdown. Upon noticing the security forces, one suspect escaped whilst the other two were cornered.

The third suspect is still at large and sought by police.

Police urge anyone with information that may assist them in tracing the whereabouts of the suspect to call Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.

Alternatively members of the public can send information via MySAPS App. All information received will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

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