By: Felicia Mogoboya
The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sithole has welcomed the breakthrough to curb truck-jacking following the arrest of several suspects in Midrand, Gauteng. During intelligence-driven operation, multi-disciplinary team compromising of members from SAPS Crime Intelligence, the Johannesburg Flying Squad, Gauteng Highway Patrol, EMPD specialized Task Team and JMPD K9 swooped in on suspects allegedly planning to hijack a truck between Pretoria and Johannesburg.
As the team entered the premises in President Part Midrand, they were met with gunfire by some of the suspects armed with rifles and handguns. There were 27 suspects on the premises. Four suspects were shot and killed while four others were wounded. A total of 23 suspects, including the four wounded suspects are under arrest.
The team seized three rifles including an AK-47 rifle, a Dash brown rifle, R5 rifle as well as 2x pistols at the scene. The team further confiscated 15 vehicles at the scene of which four were either hi-jacked or stolen in the areas of Garsfontein, Silverton, Wierdebrug and Olifantsfontein. The wounded suspects were taken to hospitals under police guard while the remaining 19 suspects are being detained on charges of attempted murder, conspiring to commit armed robbery, unlawful possession of vehicle suspected to stolen.
General Sithole reported that, “The work done by this multidisciplinary integrated team is very significant contribution to our efforts to curb organized crime in the country”. We continue to appeal to anyone who has information on crime to please the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111 or information may be communicated via the SAPS MySAPSApp.
All information will be treated with strictest confidence and caller may remain anonymous.