ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza has reported that former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda was involved in a hijacking which took place in Rooihuskraal, Centurion on Tuesday night.
In the bid to reach out to the world, Khoza put up a post on his Facebook timeline asking people to be on alert and wary of three black men driving a blue Porche Panamera in Centurion. He revealed that the suspects took the Johannesburg route.
Khoza said he decided to spread the word through his Facebook account after he got the information about the incident through some friends that Siphiwe Nyanda’s car had been hijacked.
However, SA police spokesperson Mack Mngomezulu has not received much information about the hijacking and said that the information can only be verified by him after he had gathered sufficient information.
He also mentioned that he got the information that the hijacked car had since been recovered very close to where the incident took place. There were some significant items taken from inside the car.
“Two people have come back to me to say that the car has been found. There were things removed from the car,” he said.
General Siphiwe Nyanda is believed to be in a safe place though his location has not been confirmed as all his phones were switched off. Khoza believes the former military commander is safe.
Due to its prevalence, hijacking is regarded as a significant problem in the country. While several measures have been put in place to help combat carjacking, the number of stolen vehicles reported is still on the steady increase.
Here are some tips to help combat car hijacking
- Hijackings happen more on Fridays and on Tuesdays in South Africa.
- Most hijackings occurs in the driveways of residential areas.
- Hijackers do use vehicles to force their victims off the load.
- Police or Traffic Officers also conduct hijackings in South Africa.
- So, check your driveway and street before you leave or enter your premises.
- Constantly check your rear-view mirror to ensure you are not being followed.
- Do not be generous, don’t pick up hitch-hikers or strangers.
- If confronted by hijackers, do whatever You’re asked to by the hijackers.
- And above all, be vigilant in the carjacking hot-spot areas. Click here to view carjacking hot spots