Six alleged hijackers, three men, and three women were arrested just outside Kuruman on Saturday.
According to police spokesperson Captain Mosimaneotsile Letsapa, all the alleged hijackers are between the ages of 17 and 31.
“They were arrested in Bankhara village outside Kuruman on Saturday, 8 January 2022 at about 09:25.
“It is alleged that a man was getting out of his white VW Polo after visiting his friends when the suspects hit him with an unknown object on the chest, tied his hands and feet, put him in a bakkie, and drove with him,” Letsapa said.
It is believed that between Kuruman and Kathu, they threw him out of the vehicle.
The man was assisted by an unknown person who took him to the Kuruman police station to report the incident.
“Kuruman Crime Prevention unit members, as well as Car Tracker personnel, managed to trace the stolen vehicle in Bankhara successfully, and the suspects were apprehended and arrested.”
All six alleged hijackers will soon appear in the Posmasburg Magistrate Court on charges of car hijacking.
If your vehicle is hijacked or stolen, promptly report it to the SAPS. Make sure you have the vehicle details: model, colour, vehicle identification and registration numbers available to assist with the recovery of the vehicle.
When forced to drive with a hijacker, be observant without making direct eye contact and try to memorise as many details as possible.
It is important to describe the hijacker as accurately as possible. When observing a hijacker, take note of his head and face – the shape of the eyes, mouth, nose and ears. Take note of possible irregularities. Look at the hair, skin colour, complexion and possible scars and tattoos. Observe the build, sex, body movement, clothing and any conversation that may take place.
Taken hostage – It can be helpful to have a survival plan in the back of your mind should such an incident occur. It is difficult not to become paranoid about being taken, hostage. However, it is just as easy to become complacent.
One very important fact to remember when being hijacked:
Should the conclusion of the drama be by way of armed intervention, and escape is not possible, immediately drop to the ground, remain still and obey the orders of the leader.