Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that good convictions have been secured for 27 KZN carjackers by vehicle identification section in the province.
As learnt, the convictions were achieved in the cases the section was investigating from 1st October 2016 to 31st December 2016.
The offered quality evidence that led to the conviction and sentencing of 27 accused for various vehicle related crimes such as car hijacking, theft of motor vehicles, possession of stolen vehicles and possession of unlicensed firearms.
From our gatherings, the suspects were sentenced by various magistrate court in the province for the vehicle crimes they committed in places such as Margate, Empangeni, Newcastle, Osizweni, Richards Bay Umbumbulu and greater Durban area.
Their sentences were between five years and eighteen years imprisonment.
Commenting, Major General Bheki Langa – KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner – welcomed the the punishment handed to the offenders.
The Major General disclosed that the criminals were dangerous and used violence when hijacking vehicles from the owners.
Thereafter, he urged community members to always be vigilant when driving their vehicles and report any suspicious-looking people in their vicinity to the police.
Meanwhile, Eshowe detectives in the province arrested a murder suspect wanted for the alleged killing of a school principal yesterday.
SAPS narrated that “on 2 January 2017…the victim, Busisiwe Nzuza (44) offered a lift to a hitch hiker from Empangeni towards Eshowe.
“While on their way, near Nkwalini, the hitch hiker allegedly produced a firearm and demanded the vehicle from the principal.
“He allegedly shot the victim in the head and he died instantly. The suspect alighted from the said vehicle and fled the scene on foot.”
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Praising the Eshowe detectives for arresting the suspect, Langa urged motorists not to offer lifts to any strangers or people who are hitch hiking along the roads.
“We have received a number of incidents where vehicle owners are being hijacked or robbed by the people who asked for lifts,” he said.