Hijack alert

2015-05-05 06:00

Two hijackings in one week have residents flooding social media with concerns that a flare-up in property-related crimes are on the horizon.

On Monday 16 and Wednesday 18 March, two women were hijacked in the Mitchell’s Plain police precinct.

Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson Sergeant Jerome Voegt confirmed both incidents.

In the first incident on 16 March at 19:45, a woman in a purple Fiat Uno stopped at the corner of Merrydale and Eisleben roads.

“It is alleged that two unknown men approached the vehicle and forcibly removed the woman,” Voegt says.

According to reports the woman had stopped after her window was smashed. She then saw two men – one armed with a firearm – approach the car and grabbed the keys.

One of the accomplices opened the door, threw her out of the vehicle and demanded her belongings.

The two men then got into the car and drove off with numerous items including a cellphone and R800 in cash.

The men drove off toward Baden Powell Drive.

The car has not been found and no arrests have been made.

In a separate incident on 18 March, a woman was reportedly hijacked outside the library in Town Centre.

According to the report anonymously posted to the Mitchell’s Plain gang watch Facebook page, the woman was highjacked by a man and woman in a Volkswagen Fox.

The post suggests the woman was robbed and kidnapped at the centre and dropped off in Fish Hoek.

The incident could not be confirmed by police at the time of going to print.

Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum (CPF) Chairperson Abie Isaacs says they are not aware of the attacks.

“If there have been two incidents of hijackings we are concerned as the CPF. We are asking residents to remain vigilant and contact the police with information,” he says

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