A 22-year-old woman and a 19-year old man have been arrested and charged with hijacking following an incident that occurred in the early hours of 12 January. Spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana, says the owner of a white VW Polo hatch back alleged that on Saturday,12 January 2019 at about 4am, he gave two males and a female a lift from Kuruman CBD to Seoding village. “While they were driving in the direction of Seoding Village, the female suspect asked the driver to stop as she wanted to urinate.
The male suspects also climbed out of the vehicle after the driver stopped to allow the female suspect to urinate. They then attacked the driver and sped-off with his vehicle. The vehicle was later retrieved in Batlharos village, Nanana Section. ” The arrest of both the 22-year-old woman and 19-year-old man was effected after the Trio Task Team followed the leads which linked the duo with the carjacking. They were arrested in Seoding village”.
Both suspects are facing charges of car hijacking and they are expected to appear before the Mothibistad Magistrate’s Court.
In a separate incident the John Taolo Gaetsewe Cluster Trio Task Team pounced on two male suspects with a vehicle reported to have been hijacked early this week in Taung. “The Trio Task Team received information regarding possible attempted robbery in Maruping village. As they responded promptly to the call, they were led to the tuck-shop which the suspects had attempted to rob at gun-point. During the interview with the tuck-shop owner, he indicated to police that, the suspect came to his tuck-shop and demanded that he must open at gun-point.
The suspects fled the scene after realising that their endeavours to break into the tuck shop did not succeed. They were seen getting into a get-away vehicle and drove into the bushes. Police found them near a wind mill water pump and they immediately ran into the veld on foot. They were arrested shortly after police chased them on foot. “Two unlicensed firearm arms, a .22 magnum and a 7.65 mm pistol including 39 rounds of ammunition were found inside the vehicle” Tawana says.
Upon investigation it was found that the same vehicle was reported as hijacked in Taung. The driver was shot and his partner was raped by the alleged hijackers. The Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant General Risimati Shivuri, has since commended his members for a job well done.