WATCH: Hijack in less than 60 seconds

An armed, masked man leans into the driver’s side of the car. (A screenshot of the video uploaded onto Facebook by Yusuf Abramjee)
An armed, masked man leans into the driver’s side of the car. (A screenshot of the video uploaded onto Facebook by Yusuf Abramjee)

Johannesburg - The police and a private tracking company on Thursday recovered a white Mercedes-Benz which had been hijacked in less than a minute at a filling station in Johannesburg.

Police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan said the car – a little worse for wear – had been found in Kagiso, Netwerk24 reported.   

The hijacking caused a sensation on social media after activist Yusuf Abramjee posted CCTV footage of the incident on Facebook.

ALSO READ: How to deal with vehicle crime in SA: Hijackings, remote-jamming and more...

In the video it can be seen how a petrol attendant walks away from the car at 20:01:18 after filling it.

Five seconds later a dark car slowly drives past the Mercedes-Benz at the filling station.  

About 12 seconds later two masked men – one armed – run around the back of the Mercedes-Benz. The armed man leans into the car on the driver’s side.

Another masked hijacker peeps through the window on the passenger side of the car three seconds later.

On the CCTV footage the hijackers can be seen yanking open the driver’s door at 20:01:48 and a man getting out.

Four seconds later the owner can be seen standing with his hands in the air while the hijackers jump into the car.

By 20:02:01 the hijackers had already sped off.

Muthan confirmed that the driver of the car was unharmed.

He said the driver had immediately contacted his tracker company who, in turn, helped police find the car. 


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
47% - 7786 votes
It's four more years for Trump
53% - 8940 votes
Vote
All Share
55339.58
(+0.99)
Top 40
50692.28
(+0.83)
Financial 15
10790.70
(+3.99)
Industrial 25
74905.70
(+1.05)
Resource 10
52561.57
(-0.49)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo