On Thursday, 12 June 2014 members of the K9 Unit and Sydenham Police Station arrested three suspects aged between 18 and 20 for attempted murder, hijacking and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. It is alleged that the female victim was earlier hijacked of her grey Volvo motor vehicle. She was accosted by two suspects at gunpoint whilst seated in her car. They instructed her to move over and the suspect drove off with her in the vehicle. She was dropped off at Pineside Road in Pinetown and the suspects drove towards Clermont.
At about 20:00 police spotted the said hijacked vehicle at Roger Sishi Road in New Germany. The police officers activated their blue lights and ordered the suspects to stop. The suspects fired shots towards the police who returned fire. The suspects continued to flee until the driver of the hijacked vehicle allegedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a wall. Three suspects managed to flee on foot into the nearby bushes and were later arrested. Two other suspects were fatally wounded during the shootout. Two firearms were seized and will be sent for ballistics tests to ascertain if they were used in any other crime in the country. The arrested suspects will appear in the Pinetown Magistrates Court soon on charges of attempted murder, hijacking and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the members for the good work that led to the recovering of the hijacked vehicle and the arrest the suspects. “We would like to warn criminals that the police will not hesitate to retaliate when their lives are in danger. It is a common trend that police officers in this province are confronted with gunfire on a daily basis when they attempt to arrest criminals. We are fortunate that none of our police officers have become statistics especially over the past few weeks,” she said.