Gang of five hijacks taxi in Eastwood

2009-07-21 00:00

FIVE men hijacked a taxi in Eastwood in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Mbongeni Dlamini (34) was held up at the corner of Adelaar and Kingfisher Road in his employer’s white Toyota Hi-Ace minibus.

One of his assailants wielded a firearm.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said that as Dlamini was waiting for the vehicle in front of him to drive off, he heard a knock on his window and saw two men climbing into the vehicle from the passenger side.

“Moments later another two unknown men climbed into the back of the minibus, while a fifth entered the minibus from the driver’s side.

“One of the men produced a firearm and fired a shot in the direction of Dlamini, narrowly missing him.”

Budhram said the men forced Dlamini to the back of the minibus and made him lie down on the floor.

They searched the vehicle for a tracking device and moments later Dlamini heard the vehicle drive off. “After a long drive, the vehicle came to stop and Dlamini was ordered to get up and was forced out of the vehicle.”

The suspects then fled in Dlamini’s minibus.

A passing motorist stopped and helped Dlamini and told him he was in Kwamakhutha. He was taken to the Kwamakhutha police station.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Detective Inspector Mbongeni Dladla ay 033 387 9614 or 083 596 6356.

Anonymous callers can contact Crime Stop toll-free at 08600 10111.

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