Civilian helps traffic officers nab alleged truck hijackers

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Three alleged hijackers were arrested in Gqeberha yesterday after they were caught by Provincial traffic officers – with the help of an alert civilian.

Captain Gerda Swart – a spokesperson for SAPS in the Eastern Cape – stated that at around 06:50 on Friday, two alleged armed suspects hijacked a driver of a Mercedes truck transporting cake flour on the N2 just outside Gqeberha.

“A Provincial Traffic officer on duty and patrolling the N2, oblivious of the hijacking… noticed the driver of the said truck talking on his cellphone,” informed Swart.

“He instructed him to pull over on the side of the freeway. As the driver stopped, two males jumped out of the truck and climbed into a white Renault Sandero and sped off in the direction towards [Gqeberha].”

The driver then informed the traffic officers of the hijacking.

It was at that time that a member of the community – who was also on the scene – took the initiative to drive after the Renault Sandero.

“The driver of the white Renault Sandero lost control of the vehicle when he drove onto the off-ramp and landed in the bushes. Three suspects, between the ages of 23 and 30, were arrested on the spot and a firearm was also confiscated,” stated Swart.

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The three suspects are due to appear in the Motherwell Magistrate’s Court on charges of vehicle hijacking, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and reckless and negligent driving.

Further investigations revealed that the getaway vehicle was actually stolen in December 2020 in Motherwell. A charge of possession of a suspected stolen vehicle was added.