Carjacking in South Africa has been a pain in the rear for the people of the country. While this has always been obvious, the audacity of the carjackers was most recently, exhibited after Sandile Eugene “Chillies”, a hijacking mastermind was killed during a shoot-out with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).
Following Chillies’ death, it emerged that his cohorts vowed to avenge his death on social media. Confirming this, KwaZuluNatal SAPS divulged that the revengeful criminals promised to perpetrate more crimes like carjackings and theft of motor vehicles.
With the treath, SAPS had to deploy additional crime fighters in Umlazi, Durban in order to uphold the law ahead of a funeral of a well-known hijacker.
“Such a threat is a direct attack on our government. Umlazi SAPS will not be intimidated by threats from criminals,” stated the Umlazi station commissioner, Brigadier Bongi Ntuli.
Now, the Cullinan SAPS has called on South Africans to be on alert of a new carjacking modus operandi in the country. According to the police service branch, the method of carjacking in South Africa has been reinvented.
In a media statement, Cullinan SAPS related thus:
“In several reported complaints, victims, who are delivery-truck-drivers, are allegedly contacted telephonically by a person pretending to be in need of transport to fetch firewood or grass from the bush, to an extent that they would also deposit money into the victim’s account as assurance.
Upon arrival, the victims would be robbed of their belongings including the delivery vehicle, at gunpoint.”
With that, SAPS urged community members to be vigilant and report such kind of crimes to the nearest police stations or anonymously report to Crime Stop line 08600 10111.
“Assist Gauteng SAPS to fight fraud, corruption and unethical behavior or any other suspicious activities that could be detrimental to our success by phoning the Gauteng Standby Provincial Duty numbers: Duty General 082 313 8299. Duty Brigadier 082 444 4354,” the Provincial Police begged.