Three men have been arrested for hijacking and stripping a quantum belonging to the Durban University of Technology (DUT) for parts.
Alan Khan, DUT’s Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, said the vehicle belongs to the university’s sports department.
The quantum was hijacked last Friday near the market area in Durban.
“The vehicle was recovered but it was stripped and damaged by the criminals and it is now beyond repair,” said Khan.
Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, Provincial Police Spokesperson, said three men aged between 19 and 32 were arrested on Monday for the incident.
Mbhele said the driver of the vehicle was approached by three armed men wearing balaclavas.
“They instructed him to move from the driver’s seat to the back and was forced to lie down. They drove away with him and he was dropped off in the Wyebank area,” said Mbhele.
On Monday, police followed up on information about three men seen in the bush in Pinetown with a vehicle matching the description.
“They proceeded to Wushwini Road, Kwangcolosi and caught three suspects in the act of stripping the Toyota Quantum with axes and hammers. They were arrested on the scene and detained at the Hillcrest police station. The police also seized a white Ford bakkie with vehicle parts and registration plates. The vehicle was taken to the pound for further investigation,” said Mbhele.
The three men are expected to appear at the Durban Magistrate’s court on Tuesday for charges of being in possession of stolen property and car jacking.