Police act fast to arrest Mountain Rise hijackers

2008-11-17 00:00

TWO hijackers masquerading as metered taxi commuters hijacked the taxi driver, but were arrested a few hours later when they were found in possession of items stolen from the vehicle in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday night.

The two men, aged 26 and 30 , hijacked Kenneth Twala (26) in Manning Road. Twala managed to escape, leaving the men to drive away with his taxi.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the men approached Twala at the corner of Chief Albert Luthuli and Church streets at about 8 pm and asked him to take them to Eastwood.

On their arrival at their destination, they said they had forgotten something in the city and asked him to take them back.

“[O]n their way, near Manning Avenue in Mountain Rise policing area, one of the men attacked him by grabbing him around his neck. Twala managed to free himself, jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot,” said Budhram.

After Twala reported the hijacking, police found the vehicle abandoned in Prestbury.

Later, police found the two men in a tavern in possession of Twala’s two-way radio and a CD player .

The suspects will appear in Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

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