Three cars hijacked in a week

Three cars were hijacked in Hartbeespoort last week and motorists are urged to be vigilant wherever they go during the festive season.

A white Toyota Hilux was hijacked on the Pelindaba road on Monday, 9 December at 13:45, when a motorist stopped at a traffic light. “A white Golf Velocity stopped behind the motorist, a passenger got out and came to the motorist’s vehicle, pointing a firearm at him. He was dragged from his vehicle and forced into the Golf. His hands were tied and his face covered with a cloth,” said Romano van der Spuy, chairman of the Hartbeespoort community policing forum.

“The hijackers drove off with the motorist and dropped him off at a location not known to him. “When he asked people where he was, he was told it was a hostel in Soweto. The hijackers fled with his vehicle.”

On Thursday, a motorist had to pull off the road on the R560 after a stone was thrown under his vehicle.

“A man in a traffic officer uniform approached him, followed by three more men, armed with firearms. They threatened him at gunpoint, kicked him and then robbed him of his cellphone and cash before fleeing with the motorist’s Nissan Hardbody. The motorist was left in the road.”

In yet another incident, a man was hijacked after he drove with two suspects to show them directions. “The motorist was parked in his Toyota Hilux at a shopping centre in Broederstroom when two men approached him, asking for directions. It seems he agreed to drive with them for a distance to show them the way. Two men drove with him, while another vehicle followed,” Van der Spuy said. The suspects then overpowered him, held him at gunpoint and forced him into their vehicle. He was robbed of his cellphone, cash and bank cards and later dropped off in Soweto. The robbers fled with his vehicle.