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Seven arrested for alleged hijacking

Jikeleza taxi hijacked in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, on Thursday night

Police car lights. File picture
Police car lights. File picture
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Seven people were arrested for allegedly hijacking a jikeleza taxi in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, on Thursday night.

According to police, the hijacking happened at about 8pm when the driver of a Mazda jikeleza taxi was forced to stopped in Matanzima Road in KwaNobuhle.

Police spokesman Sergeant Majola Nkohli said that a silver corsa bakkie with several people on the back started slowing down in front of the Mazda - forcing the car to stop.

“The men on the back of the bakkie signalled to the driver as if they wanted to get a lift in the jikeleza. As the bakkie slowed down, so did the Mazda,” he said.

“As the cars came to a halt in the street, two men jumped off the back of bakkie and approached the Mazda saying that they wanted a lift to the nearby Gunguluza area.”

The driver obliged and agreed to take the men.

En route, the two men hauled out firearms and demanded the driver and his girlfriend get out the car.

“They got out of the car and were left on the side of the road. The Mazda and the bakkie, which had been following them, both sped off from the scene,” he said.

Minutes later a patrolling police van drove past and was alerted to the hijacking.

“The police officials were alerted to the hijacking and gave chase. Within 30 minutes, police spotted a stolen Mazda in Botha Street, Despatch. Both occupants were arrested.”

Shortly after the arrest, the silver Corsa bakkie with five occupants was spotted in Main Street, Despatch. The bakkie was pulled over and all five occupants arrested.

Nkohli said that both the bakkie and the Mazda were impounded for further investigation.

All seven men, aged between 24 and 35 years, are due to appear in KwaNobuhle Magistrate’s Court on Monday.