Hijack ‘cops’ yet at large

2010-07-29 00:00

POLICE have been unsuccessful in tracking down the criminals who hijacked a police vehicle and used it in a hijacking spree near Durban last week.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said he has not heard of any arrests. He said he is aware that the uMkomaas police are conducting investigations, but is not sure if other investigations are being conducted in uMlazi and uMbumbulu.

The silver-grey Ford Ranger was hijacked on Friday evening in ­uMlazi.

It was used at about 8 pm to hijack a married couple in uMkomaas, where the woman was shot in the hand.

About two hours later, Witness employee Samkelisiwe Simelane, her husband Malibongwe Simelane and two relatives were later hijacked in uMbumbulu.

Zwane said the police officer from whom the Ford was hijacked is from KwaMaphumulo police station on the north coast. He said he was in uMlazi to conduct an investigation.

“He had parked the vehicle at a bus stop near KwaMyandu [Metrorail station] when he was confronted by two armed men who disarmed him of his service firearm before they got away with the vehicle.”

The vehicle has a tracking unit installed, but it could not be tracked immediately after being hijacked due to a problem with the tracking company at the time, Zwane said.

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