Four held for hi­jack­ing

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Free State News - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@afro­tone.co.za

FOUR men, ar­rested for hi­jack­ing and other crimes will ap­pear in the Sa­sol­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court to­day.

They were ar­rested on Wednesday and face fur­ther charges of pos­ses­sion of un­li­censed firearms and am­mu­ni­tion and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of ex­plo­sives.

Po­lice spokesper­son Const Josephine Rani said the four men went to a house in Phiri­tona near Heil­bron where they found the vic­tim and his son clean­ing the garage.

She said two of the sus­pects en­tered the garage and pointed firearms at the vic­tim and his son, de­mand­ing the keys to his Quan­tum Kombi.

“The vic­tim com­plied and gave them the keys but the two drove off with the vic­tim’s son. On their way out of Phiri­tona town­ship they picked up an­other two sus­pects and went en route to Zamdela,” Rani said.

She said a tac­ti­cal re­sponse team to­gether with other units in the Zamdela clus­ter was alerted and waited at the en­try and exit routes.

“As they saw that they didn’t have a way out, they then drove into Amelia sec­tion where they aban­doned the ve­hi­cle and fled on foot.

“The po­lice gave chase and through the as­sis­tance of the com­mu­nity who pointed out where sus­pects were hid­ing, the po­lice man­aged to ar­rest all four of them and the vic­tim’s son was found in the ve­hi­cle un­harmed,” Rani said.

“We will con­tinue to squeeze the space for crim­i­nals and en­sure that they are brought to book. Our appreciation goes to the com­mu­nity for as­sist­ing the po­lice.”

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