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2022/05/27      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Gqeberha: 26 May  2022 - In a joint endeavour, SAPS Kwazakele Vispol Task Team (VTT) and Gqeberha Flying Squad members arrested three suspected hijackers  within 30 minutes after allegedly hijacking an e-hailing driver in Kuyga last night,25/05.

It is alleged that at about 18:30, the 44-year-old complainant responded to a callout and while driving with the three occupants in Missionvale Road in Kuyga, one of the males produced a firearm and assaulted the driver over his head. He was robbed him of his belongings and his green Renault Kwid.

At about 19:00, while members were  patrolling the borders of Kwazakhele precinct  in search of the vehicle, they spotted a green Renault Kwid driving recklessly on the R75 Uitenhage Road. Attempts to pull off the vehicle proved futile as the driver ignored all warnings to stop and sped off at high speed. A chase ensued and the vehicle disregarded several traffic lights and as they drove  over a traffic  circle at Moduka Street, they crashed into a white Toyota Tazz and overturned.

The three occupants made a dash to escape but were swiftly apprehended by SAPS  Kwazakhele VTT and  Flying Squad. The damaged vehicle was impounded for further investigation. A replica firearm and the complainant’s cellphone was found in the car.

The suspects aged 22,26 and 35 years old  were detained on charges of possession of a hijacked vehicle as well as reckless and negligent driving.

They are expected to appear in court soon.