Hijacking In South Africa: When You’re Allowed To Shoot The Criminals

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Hijackings in South Africa has been a pain in the butt, many South Africans can testify to this.

The crime has been severally described as an organised business. Hijackers don’t just storm the streets of South Africa to steal random vehicles, they plan their activities.

It’s believed that specific vehicles with specific features are ordered beforehand. Afterwards, the hijackers will direct their efforts towards meeting the requirements of the orders.

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First, they will look for cars with the features required, plot when it’s most safe to steal the car, carry out the crime and sell the vehicles to predetermined buyers.

It is also believed that hijacked vehicles are not only sold in South Africa. They are smuggled out of the country, sold in neighbouring countries and even traded for drugs.

Stolen and unlicensed firearm have been listed among the factors enabling hijackings in South Africa. The contention here is that easy access to firearms has simplified the activities of hijackers. Records have it that firearms were used to commit almost all of the hijackings in South Africa.

As the government’s efforts directed at fighting hijackings in South Africa isn’t sufficient, South Africans have taken to alternative measures. While most have embraced Anti-theft devices that make it difficult to steal motor vehicles, many have prepared themselves to fight-off the criminals when self-protection is needed.



However, it seems there is limited knowledge on the issue of public shooting, wounding or even killing another person during self-protection.

Hijackings In South Africa & Things You Ought To Know About Shooting In Self Defence

First, you must know it’s your responsibility to protect yourself whenever you find yourself in such situation that demands the discharge of a firearm in the process of self-protection.

The following are the legal requirement of self-defense. They are not restricted to hijacking attacks.

  1. The attack must be unlawful.
  2. It must also, be imminent or have commenced.
  3. The attack must not have been completed. (You can’t claim you acted on grounds of self-defense for an attack committed an hour earlier.)
  4. The defensive action must be directed against the attacker.
  5. The defensive action must be proportionate to the circumstances. The value of the property involved and the instrument used for attack are important considerations.

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If someone is killed while you’re taking a defensive action, it’s normal for crime fighters and authorities to investigate the matter and establish if anyone was responsible for the death.

Don’t assume that’s a sign it’s unlawful to defend oneself from unlawful attacks. Just make sure your actions are in line with the principles of self-defense.

This report was culled from Arrive Alive Hijack Prevention Guidelines.

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