BuzzSouthAfrica learnt from SAPS (South African Police Service) that two carjacking suspects aged 19 and 23 will appear before the Mooiriver Magistrate’s Court on Monday next week following their arrest in Estcourt.
SAPS narrated that “on 14 December 2016 at about 12:30, a 45-year-old man, his wife and two children were in their vehicle and driving along the road at Giant’s Castle in the Mooiriver area when they came across an area where the road had been blocked with rocks and tree branches.
“As the father got out of the vehicle to open the road two men armed with a firearm, knives and a hammer accosted the family. The suspects climbed into the car and drove around with the family until late afternoon when they stopped at a garage in Lyell Street, Ladysmith.
“The family managed to get an opportunity to escape from the vehicle and ran, but a nine-year old boy was not successful in his escape. The suspects then fled in the vehicle with the child still inside.”
When police and traffic officers were alerted of the incident, the vehicle got busted along the N3 at the Wagendrift turnoff in Estcourt .
The child was rescued, the vehicle recovered and the two suspects arrested.
Commenting, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised SAPS and members of the community for swiftly responding to the compliant and helping the arrest of the suspects.
“Our detectives will ensure that they bring all evidence to the court so that the suspect will be prosecuted and receive a sentence they deserve. The recovered firearm will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province,” added Langa.