KwaZulu-Natal e-hailing driver arrested for allegedly robbing passengers at gunpoint

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One of the driver's victims was dropped off at this spot.
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  • A KwaZulu-Natal e-hailing driver who allegedly robbed several passengers at gunpoint has been arrested.
  • The man was tracked down when some of his victims took to social media to report their ordeals.
  • It is alleged that the man and his accomplice robbed at least 18 people in one month.

A KwaZulu-Natal e-hailing driver who allegedly robbed several passengers at gunpoint was tracked down via social media and arrested.

The driver, from Phoenix, was arrested for his alleged role in a spate of robberies where passengers he transported were robbed of their valuables at gunpoint.

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Some of his alleged victims posted warnings on social media to prevent others from falling prey to the robberies, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) said in a statement.

On Thursday, a Phoenix resident - who had been using the same ride-hailing driver for several months - was picked up at her workplace in Glen Anil.

The driver allegedly drove toward North Coast Road instead of Phoenix, where she lived. After questioning his new route, the driver informed her that he had to make a stop.

While travelling on North Coast Road, he picked up a man who got into the back of the vehicle. They then got on to the freeway and headed north. During the trip, the male passenger allegedly produced a firearm and instructed the woman to hand over her valuables.

After handing over her handbag, jewellery, office keys and cellphone, the victim began to resist when the men dropped her off on the side of the road.

At least 18 people robbed in one month

The victim managed to flag down a passing motorist who drove her to a McDonald's outlet in Umhlanga, where she borrowed a phone and contacted RUSA for assistance.

The woman was unable to provide the make or model of the vehicle due to the fact that her driver constantly changed vehicles. The only information she could provide was that the driver and his accomplice were Indian males.

After publishing details of the incident on social media, several other victims came forward stating that they had travelled with the same driver and were also allegedly robbed after he picked up his accomplice during their trip.

The victims obtained a picture from his Facebook account and, with the assistance of other ride-hailing drivers, the suspect was located in Unit 20, Phoenix, on Saturday.

He and his accomplice are alleged to have robbed at least 18 people in one month. In one incident, a child was allegedly assaulted with a firearm before he and his mother were dumped on the roadside.

The suspect was being detained at the Phoenix police station.

His identity is being withheld until he makes his first formal court appearance.

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