Three suspected hijackers aged between 29 and 36, will appear before the Vereeniging Magistrate Court on Friday September 4, following their arrest earlier this week.

“Having heightened visibility at known hijacking hotspots across the Province; the anti-hijacking team operating in Sedibeng and working closely with the District Crime Intelligence and K9 units, on Tuesday evening spotted and followed a suspicious Volkswagen Golf 6 up to the Engen filling station on the R-59 south,” explained Gauteng SAPS Brigadier Mathapelo Peters.

The Hijacking Unit was able to verify and confirm on the scene that the Golf 6 had been reported as hijacked at Lenasia SAPS in July this year.

A search was conducted and police confiscated unlicenced firearms, magazines and live ammunition.

According to a preliminary investigation, itrevealed that one of the firearms was reported stolen at Vereeniging in June this year.

“Investigations are underway to establish possible linkage of both the suspects and the unlicensed firearms to previous crimes,” said Brigadier Peters.

Gauteng Commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has welcomed this arrest within the context of the recent spate of hijackings in the Province, particularly those incidents dubbed as ‘blue light hijackings’ on the R-59 between Alberton and Vereeniging.

“Our analysis of the recent spike in hijackings, reflects that it is not only blue light hijackings that need attention, but also that hijackers pounce on vehicles where victims are sitting in idling vehicles in driveways or in the street, or sometimes even couples/lovers sitting in vehicles,” cited General Mawela, cautioning motorists to be aware of the criminals’ tactics.

In the meantime, police in Gauteng will continue to embark on intensified operations that seek to disrupt the market for hijacked vehicles and vehicle parts, similar to the operation at a panel beater in Dobsonville a week ago where police found vehicle parts belonging to eight stolen cars.

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