Hi­jacked by sex work­ers – twice

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SAKHILE ND­LAZI

WHILE the po­lice are work­ing tire­lessly to en­sure that the Pre­to­ria sub­urb of Sun­ny­side be­comes a safer area, the lust for the ladies of the night con­tin­ues to un­der­mine their ef­forts.

Dur­ing a week in which the lo­cal po­lice ar­rested 130 sus­pects in con­nec­tion with rob­bery, ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty, pos­ses­sion of drugs and at­tempted mur­der cases, a man al­legedly stopped his car to pick up two sex work­ers at 4am on Fri­day at the cor­ner of Hamil­ton and Stanza Bopape streets.

He re­port­edly parked at a nearby McDon­ald’s out­let, where he con­sumed al­co­hol in the com­pany of his un­known new friends, Sun­ny­side po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Daniel Mav­im­bela said.

He said the man passed out and woke up in the af­ter­noon of the same day at an un­known lo­ca­tion in Mamelodi. The car he was driv­ing and other be­long­ings were miss­ing.

“The car, a Toy­ota Yaris, is said to have been bought by the fa­ther of the vic­tim’s girl­friend for his daugh­ter,” Mav­im­bela said.

The 28-year-old vic­tim could only re­port the case af­ter he had fully re­cov­ered from last Fri­day’s or­deal.

It also emerged that the vic­tim had his own VW Polo Vivo stolen un­der sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances in June 2015, when he picked up two women in Pre­to­ria Cen­tral.

“One of the two ladies jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away, leav­ing the vic­tim to lick his wounds at that spot,” Mav­im­bela said.

The man be­lieves that his drinks were spiked on both oc­ca­sions. Po­lice be­lieve the women have ac­com­plices, whom they alert once they have a “vic­tim”.

Mav­im­bela said po­lice con­ducted pa­trols alert­ing po­ten­tial vic­tims, but in some in­stances, their in­ter­ven­tion was ig­nored by men who had their sights set on fun.

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