Police warn east motorists to stop thinking with ‘head’

A hijacking ring in Sunnyside is believed to use sex workers to lure motorists. Photo: Stock

Despite numerous warnings, motorists are still falling victim to honeytrap hijackings in the Sunnyside area, police have said.

Spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said a car had been hijacked in Sunnyside’s red-light district at the weekend.

“It has come to the attention of the local police that some motorists are still being attacked while engaging unknown women on the side of the road.”

He said the police were disturbed by the rising number of hijackings in Sunnyside, Pretoria, where motorists were attacked while stopped on the side of the road for one reason or another.

Mavimbela said the police had recently warned that street sex workers, were reportedly used as lures by criminals who then attacked the motorists as they stopped to talk to the women.

“Cars have been hijacked and motorists robbed.”

He said most of the attacks were on the corner of Park and Leyds streets, an intersection known to be frequented by sex workers.

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He said recently, a motorist was reportedly also robbed of his bankcards and cellphone and forced to give up his bankcard PINs before he was dumped in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria.

“Carjackings occurred while the motorists were waiting in the vehicle for, either friends or girlfriends in the area.”

He said the police had long warned motorists to desist from engaging the sex workers, especially after dark.

“Our warnings seem to be falling on deaf ears.”

Sunnyside station commander Brigadier Ntshieng Kekana said: “Some motorists have told the police that they had the right to stop on the side of the road to talk to anyone they chose.”

Kekana said in other instances motorists were not attacked in the street but were lured into a flat and while they were enjoying the forbidden fruit, a group of men would pounce and rob them.

Mavimbela said the police were yet to make an arrest regarding the hijacking at the weekend.

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