Hijacking

Suspected hijacking video blown out of proportion. Photo: JMPD/ Twitter.

Suspected hijacking video contrary to popular belief

The five armed men were not hijackers, according to JMPD after they interviewed the suspected hijacking victim or Bolt driver.

Hijacking

Suspected hijacking video blown out of proportion. Photo: JMPD/ Twitter.

A viral video illustrating what looked like a hijacking in the Johannesburg CBD has been proven otherwise after an investigation into the matter.

SUSPECTED HIJACKING BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION

On Sunday, 15 January 2023, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) IIOC Undercover Reaction Unit followed up on the video circulating on social media of a suspected hijacking which occurred at Commissioner Street in the Johannesburg CBD on Saturday 14 January 2023.

JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla says officers managed to trace and locate the victim, who is a Bolt driver.

“The victim explained to officers that it was not a hijacking, instead, the alleged hijacking suspect had requested a ride at corner Commissioner and Kruis Street, as soon as the alleged suspect who was with his wife and three children opened the door for the children to go in, the driver noticed that meter taxi drivers were moving toward to attack him, he sped off with two children, leaving the father, mother and one child behind,” he explained.

It was further alleged that the father ran after the car, which was skipping red traffic lights. When he noticed that he couldn’t keep up with the car, he stopped a Gold Toyota Corolla with four occupants and asked them to help chase the car.

“The e-hailing driver was eventually stopped by occupants of the Toyota Corolla seen in the video. He explained to them that he dropped the children off a few traffic lights behind.”

Fihla

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VIDEO FOOTAGE SHOWS BOLT DRIVER GETTING ASSAULTED

He says they then went with the driver where he dropped the children off. The children were found safe, and the driver explained the reason for fleeing with the children.

However, the suspected hijacking victim can be seen receiving a couple of slaps from ill-informed ‘rescuers’.

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NO CASE WAS OPENED BY ANY OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED

Fihla added that Officers managed to trace down the father who had requested a ride using the Bolt app.

“Officers proceeded to the Johannesburg CBD where they found the father and the occupants of the Gold Toyota Corolla who helped stop the e-hailing driver.
It was discovered that the occupants of the Toyota Corolla were members of a local security company, their details, firearms as well as firearm permits were verified and all was in order.
The e-hailing driver acknowledged his error of speeding off with the children, which gave the father and community the impression that he is kidnapping the children.
The e-hailing and the father reached a consensus as both parties acknowledged their wrongdoings and decided to not open a case against each other,” he detailed.