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Hijackings on the rise in the north – SAPS

"There is no specific time for such hijackings, one hijacking took place at 05:00, another at 11:00, and the other at 14:00."

Police have warned residents to be vigilant against hijackers around Soshanguve.

Rietgat police issued this warning this week after seven hijacking cases were reported to the station at the weekend.

Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Maluleka said police were concerned about the escalating rate of carjacking in the area.

“The station would like to caution motorists to be more circumspect especially when approaching speed humps and intersections at night,” said Maluleka.

Maluleka cautioned motorists who preferred to stop on the side of the road to answer the call of nature.

“Urinating on the side of the road constitutes public indecency. It remains an offence and lately it has even become more dangerous since criminals take advantage of such people who are hard pressed and cannot wait to reach their safer destinations,” he said.

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He said while police had increased patrols, motorists were urged to be more vigilant where they dropped off their families and friends.

“They must also avoid waiting long periods with their partners in their cars or at secluded areas,” he said.

Maluleka said while the hijackings took place randomly around different sections, the Jukulein area was a major concern.

“There is no specific time for such hijackings, one hijacking took place at 05:00, another at 11:00, and the other at 14:00. We are positive that should motorists heed these warnings, the rate of carjacking would decline and we will squeeze crime to zero.

“As the station, we further inform the motorists not to hesitate if there is a suspicious vehicle following them or suspicious looking people around. Call crime stop line at 08600 10111 or 012 432 7806 or 012 432 7807 or SMS Crimeline 32211.”

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Meanwhile, the Rietgat SAPS nabbed about 31 alleged suspects in connection with various crimes within its policing precinct at the weekend.

Two of the suspects were allegedly found in possession of stolen cables.

Maluleka said some were arrested for drunken driving, rape, malicious damage to property, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, common robbery, common assault, house robbery and driving without a valid motor vehicle licence.

He said the Rietgat station commander has praised the men and women in blue for their hard efforts in the fight against crime.

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