Hartbeespoort hijackers caught

Seven suspected hijackers, linked to various hijacking cases and murder in Hartbeespoort, were arrested by police last weekend.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Adele Myburgh, the suspects were arrested after an intensive investigation by Hartbeespoort and Brits police.

Four suspects, Abrahim Thobejane (37), Gaven Khumalo (39), Edgar Maluleka (40) and Koos Maite (37) appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 November 2020, for car hijacking and aggravated robbery. They will remain in custody until their next court appearance on Tuesday, 1 December 2020. Three more suspects are expected to appear in the Attridgeville and Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Courts respectively on charges of hijacking, murder and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

“A team effort by Hartbeespoort detectives, Visible Policing and the Brits Trio Task Team resulted in the arrest of the seven suspects over the weekend. Following the arrest, the suspects were linked to various cases of hijacking, murder, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and theft committed in Hartbeespoort, Muldersdrift and Attridgeville.”

She said in some of the incidents, the suspects used women to lure victims by pretending to be hitchhikers, prostitutes or in distress. “Upon stopping, male suspects would suddenly emerge from the bushes, overpower victims and hijack their vehicles. In most instances, motorists were also robbed of their valuables. In one of the cases, reported in the afternoon of Friday, 3 January 2020, a 44-year-old victim was travelling in his Toyota Corolla Quest on the R512, close to Hartbeespoort when another Toyota Conquest suddenly stopped in front of his vehicle. Six suspects of which three were armed with firearms, overpowered him and pointed firearms at him. The victim was tied up and robbed of his personal belongings and the vehicle. The suspects drove off, leaving him in the bushes. The victim managed to walk to the road where he was helped by a passerby. In yet another incident on the morning of Friday, 2 October 2020, a 44-year-old man allegedly stopped his vehicle to assist a lady next to the road, opposite an estate in Hartbeespoort. Four suspects stormed out of the bushes, pointed firearms at him and robbed him of his personal belongings.”

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena congratulated the police team for working tirelessly to apprehend the suspects.