Two held for Uber hijacking, kidnapping

Two men have been arrested after an Uber driver was allegedly hijacked and kidnapped. File picture.
Two men have been arrested after an Uber driver was allegedly hijacked and kidnapped. File picture.
Image: Suhaib Salem

Two men who allegedly hijacked an Uber vehicle and kidnapped a driver at the weekend were arrested on Sunday.

The driver collected the men at the Virgin Active gym in Humerail on Sunday just after 5am.

They had asked to be dropped off in Colchester.

The Herald reported earlier in July that the e-hailing industry, including Uber and Bolt, was under attack in Nelson Mandela Bay, with drivers targeted by syndicates for their cellphones, money and cars.

Over the past two months, robberies and hijackings of Uber and Bolt drivers in the city have spiked.

According to police, more than 15 cases have been reported since about April.

Drivers identified the high-risk areas as Zwide, New Brighton, parts of Motherwell and the northern areas, with sporadic attacks in other suburbs.

In the latest attack, police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the two men were eventually arrested in Helenvale.

Before the arrest, the Uber driver was driven back to Port Elizabeth after being pushed into the boot of the car.

“When they reached Colchester they directed the driver onto a gravel road and then asked him to stop,” she said.

“The one suspect was armed with a knife and they threatened the complainant and robbed him of his belongings.

“He was then shoved in the boot of his Suzuki.”

The men drove back towards Port Elizabeth and allegedly tried to sell the car.

Just before 9am, police received a tip-off about a vehicle in Fitchard Street, Helenvale.

“Backup arrived and the suspects were confronted,” Janse van Rensburg said

“The driver, 23, of Central, was found in the boot.”

A case of hijacking and kidnapping was opened.

The suspects will appear in the Motherwell Magistrate’s Court this week.

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