Reiger Park hijack victim cannot die in vain – Francois Beukman

2014-07-21 20:31

The hijackers who dragged a four-year-old boy outside a car in Boksburg, east of Joburg, must be arrested as a matter of urgency.

“The death of this child and many others cannot be in vain. The perpetrators of this horrendous crime must be arrested as a matter of urgency,” said Parliamentary portfolio committee on police chairperson Francois Beukman today.

“As the committee, we want the [SA Police Service] to teach these criminals a lesson by apprehending them as soon as possible.”

Taegrin Morris was travelling in a VW Golf with his mother, father and sister in Reiger Park on Saturday night when the family was approached by three men.

“They ordered him [the father], his wife and daughter to get out of the vehicle,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Khensani Magoai yesterday.

“The four-year-old was left in his safety belt. They [the hijackers] got in the car and drove away.”

Magoai said it was unclear how it happened but the boy was then dragged along, hanging outside the car door by his safety belt.

“He was dragged along until Boksburg. The hijackers then abandoned the vehicle and the boy was dead.”

Reiger Park is about 8.5km from Boksburg.

Gauteng police said they were questioning a man who they hoped would help them with their investigation.

“The man is being questioned but he is not a suspect,” said Colonel Noxolo Kweza.

Kweza said the police hoped the man would be able to give them information which could help in their investigation.

She denied a report that a man linked to the hijacking had handed himself over.

Earlier, Gauteng premier David Makhura described the incident as a heartless act.

“This act was heartless. Dragging a small boy for 8km shows they could have been under the influence of drugs, as we know the community has a drug problem,” said Makhura.

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