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Akasia police investigate case of malicious damage to property

A motorist’s car was targeted on the R80 on Sunday when someone threw a rock at it.

Akasia police are investigating a case of malicious damage to property after a vehicle was hit by a rock on the R80.

District spokesperson Warrant-Officer Johan van Dyk said a complaint was laid at the police station on Sunday about the incident.

“The complainant alleged that on November 26, around 20:00, he was driving along R80 between Block XX and Rosslyn when someone threw a hard object at his car,” Van Dyk said.

He said the victim drove to Soshanguve SAPS for help and to keep safe.

“No injury or robbery was reported and Akasia police are investigating a case of malicious property damage.”

He said police were following up on all the leads that might result in the arrest of the suspects as at this point no one has been detained.

The R80 road has been notorious for hijackings and robberies for many years.

Residents previously raised concerns over the police’s lack of action against the criminal activities on the R80 however, in 2020 police increased patrols.

The incidents seemed to have quietened down after four suspected perpetrators were arrested on charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and armed robbery.

Mehlo Kekana, a Wonderpark resident near the R80, told Rekord that fellow residents are fed up with all the criminals who were targetting innocent motorists, runners, and cyclists.

“One would think these criminals want something big, but our lives are worth cellphones and petty cash one would normally carry in the car. They are so violent to a point they are not afraid to stab you for a watch,” a furious Kekana said.

He requested the metro police to increase patrols in the area to deal with the problem.

Metro police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said this was beyond his department’s control.

“This matter is being handled by Akasia police,” Mahamba said.

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