Driver of meter taxi hijacked, put in boot, in Kokstad area

2018-04-27 06:00

IT was business as usual for a 24-year-old Kokstad meter taxi driver when he was phoned to pick up two men from Horseshoe Township and take them to Kokstad town on Sunday evening.

However, along the way, the men grabbed him, pushed him out of the driver’s seat and put him inside the car boot and drove in the direction of Franklin.

“While driving, the car ran out of fuel in Ntsikeni village outside Umzimkhulu and the men ran away. The meter taxi driver got out of the boot and contacted the police for help,” said SAPS spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ncongo.

He said the car was discovered at the scene and police are investigating a case of car hijacking. “No arrest has been made yet,” said Ncongo.

Chairperson of the Kokstad Meter Taxi Association, Soweto Mtakazana, said drivers are not safe, especially at night in Kokstad.

“Our meter taxis serve the public. What worries our taxi drivers is being hijacked and robbed, which makes our work hard. We don’t have security guards who can protect our taxi drivers at night, however, we inform the police when necessary,” said Mtakazana.

He said in the past, one of their drivers was hijacked by criminals and dumped in a Harding forest and his car was found dumped at the other side.

He said another meter taxi driver’s car is still missing after he was hijacked in Kokstad.

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