Umlazi Crime Intelligence and Durban Flying Squad members conducted an intelligence driven operation after the hijacking incident that occurred at Y section, Umlazi. They arrested four suspects aged between 25 and 30 and they recovered a vehicle that was allegedly used during the hijacking.
On 3 April 2014 at about 11:00, a supplier of cigarettes went to a tavern at Y section to deliver the stock while he was busy talking to the owner, a group of unknown armed men wearing balaclavas allegedly accosted them and they were robbed at gunpoint. An undisclosed amount of cash, cellphones, a VW Caddy that had cigarettes stock in was taken by the suspects. The suspects sped off in their two getaway vehicles and the victim’s vehicle with the stock. No shots were fired and no injuries were sustained during the incident. Police arrested four suspects and recovered one of the vehicles that were used during the incident. The arrested suspects will be charged for car hijacking and business robbery and they will appear in Umlazi Magistrates’ Court soon. Police are still searching for other suspects and their arrest is imminent.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended Umlazi Crime Intelligence and Durban Flying Squad for the arrests. “We are confident that the stolen items will be recovered and the outstanding suspects will soon be arrested. We urge the community to work with the police in fighting criminal activities in the province and to make sure that they do not buy stolen goods from criminals,” she said.