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Four nabbed for hijackings

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Two unlicensed firearm arms, a .22 and a 7.65 mm pistol, including 39 rounds of ammunition, were found inside the vehicle.

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Four people have been arrested following two vehicle hijacking incidents in the Northern Cape at the weekend.

During the first incident, a 22-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man have been arrested after allegedly hijacking a vehicle in Kuruman.

According to police, it is alleged that the owner of a white VW Polo hatchback gave two males and a female a lift from the Kuruman CBD to Seoding Village at about 4am on Saturday.

While they were driving towards Seoding Village, the female asked the driver to stop as she wanted to urinate. The male suspects also climbed out of the vehicle after the driver stopped to allow the female to urinate.

They then attacked the driver and sped off in his vehicle. At around 9am the vehicle was found abandoned in Batlharos Village, Nanana Section.

A 22-year-old woman and 19-year-old male were arrested in Seoding Village after the police’s Trio Task Team followed up on leads linking the pair to the carjacking.

“Both suspects are facing charges of car hijacking and they are expected to appear in the Mothibistad Magistrate’s Court on Monday (today),” police spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana, said.

In another incident, police in the John Taolo Gaetsewe Cluster Trio Task Team yesterday arrested two men in possession of a vehicle that was reportedly hijacked on Saturday in Taung.

“The Trio Task Team received information regarding a possible attempted robbery in Maruping Village. As they responded to the call, they were led to a tuck-shop shop which the suspects apparently attempted to rob at gunpoint.

“During an interview with the tuck-shop owner, he indicated to police that the suspects came to his tuck-shop and demanded that he should open. The suspects fled the scene after realising that the robbery would not succeed.

“They were seen getting into a getaway vehicle and drove into the bushes. Police later found them busy washing the vehicle near a windmill water pump. After noticing the police, the suspets ran into the veld. They were arrested after police gave chase,” Tawana said.

He added that two unlicensed firearm arms, a .22 and a 7.65 mm pistol, including 39 rounds of ammunition, were found inside the vehicle.

“Upon investigation it was found that the vehicle was reported hijacked in Taung on Saturday. During the alleged hijacking the driver was shot and his partner was raped by the hijackers,” Tawana concluded.