Hijackings: police name five towns as hot spots

2012-04-16 00:00

POLICE have identified Umzinto, Park Rynie, Scottburgh, Hibberdene and Southport as hot spots for crime on the South Coast.

This comes after a recent spate of vehicle thefts and attempted vehicle thefts on the South Coast have caused growing concern among residents.

Hijackings in the Umzinto, Park Rynie and Scottburgh areas are on the increase.

Said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid: “We are busy prioritising these crimes in the mentioned areas and have put certain measures into place to catch the perpetrators.”

She advised motorists to park in well-lit areas and ensure that their vehicles were locked at all times. She also urged them not to give lifts to hitch-hikers or to stop in deserted places.

Almost a month ago Soomeshan Govender (26) of Umkomaas was hijacked and killed in Park Rynie.

The two men accused of his murder and hijacking will appear in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on April, 19.

John Phineas Vezi (42) and Sihle Nzimande (29) made brief appearances in court on Friday.

A motorist who asked to remain anonymous told The Witness of a chilling experience of a hijack attempt that was foiled by a slow-moving truck.

The motorist was driving on the N2 between Sezela and Park Rynie when two cars started acting suspiciously.

“The road was very quiet. I noticed two vehicles in my rear-view mirror in the distance travelling at high speeds in both the fast and slow lanes.”

“When they got to within 100 or so metres of me they both slowed down.”

The motorist said the vehicle in the fast lane passed and then pulled into the slow lane in front of him.

“The other vehicle moved from behind me onto the fast lane next to me and was driving alongside me. I immediately slowed down and noticed they did the same. Thank God a truck came from literally nowhere. I drove as slowly as I could in front of the truck.”

The motorist said both cars eventually picked up speed.

“I noticed the driver in front of me signal for the one on the fast lane to change lanes.”

“I managed to lose them in the traffic.

“It was a very terrifying experience.”

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