Hijackings and smash-and-grabs are on the rise on the R511 and the N14 near Diepsloot, after two women recently robbed a man when he offered them a lift, Erasmia police spokesperson Constable Tumisang Moloto said.
The man picked up the women on the N14. However, the women forced him to stop on the side of the road, accusing him of wanting to rape them, Moloto said.
“Three men then approached the vehicle and robbed the driver at gunpoint. The three, including the two women, fled the scene on foot. Through investigation, the police learned that the suspects used women to lure male motorists into believing they are stranded, and in need of a lift. This leads to motorists being robbed.”
In a separate incident, another man was hijacked after giving a lift to two male hitchhikers along the R511 at the weekend.
The two men held the driver at gunpoint when they approached the N14, forcing him out of the vehicle and driving off with his car.
He added that criminals also preyed on churchgoers who fetched water or prayed at the Hennops River on the R511.
“In recent months, we have experienced a challenge in the increase of robberies and smash-and-grabs on those mentioned routes. We appeal to the public at large to avoid going to the river as the place is isolated and dangerous.”