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Two suspects arrested in notorious vehicle hijacking syndicate takedown

A project-driven investigation by the Hawks and Crime Intelligence linked the two suspects to more than 17 hijacking incidents thus far.

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The Hawks Serious Organised Crime Team together with Crime Intelligence and Gauteng K9 have arrested two more suspects alleged to be involved in a notorious vehicle hijacking syndicate. According to a South African Police Services (SAPS) statement, the hijacking syndicate has been on the radar of the authorities for a while now.


A project-driven investigation has consequently linked the suspects to more than 17 hijacking incidents thus far. 

“The said cases some of which dates back to 2008 were committed across provinces. The syndicate’s reign of terror includes incidents in Johannesburg, Cape Town, North West and the Free State provinces,” said Colonel Katlego Mogale. 

One of the arrested suspects is expected to appear at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday while the other is scheduled to appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 25 February 2021. 

“The pair’s arrest follows that of Sharief Solomon, 36, on Friday, 12 February 2021 by the same team in Cape Town,” said Mogale. 

Solomon appeared on the 15 February 2021 at the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court. The matter is expected to be centralized soon to allow for the three to appear in the same dock to face charges of hijackings and possession of stolen vehicles.


A video of a dramatic high-speed chase on Boyes Drive in Cape Town has gone viral. Police eventually managed to detain two suspects thought to be hijackers. 

The video begins with three police vans chasing down a bakkie. From there, the alleged hijackers appear to lose control of their vehicle and crash on the side of the road. Police then surround the suspects while one of them gets attacked by a police dog. The video concludes with cops arresting a second suspect at gunpoint.

As previously reported by The South African, the two suspects remain in police custody, and will soon appear in court. 

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