‘Courier hijackers’ to appear in Pretoria court

The suspected getaway car.

Two men arrested for hijacking a courier van in Mamelodi are to appear in court.

The men have been charged with hijacking, and possession of suspected stolen goods, an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, the police said.

The men, aged between 30 and 32 years old, were arrested by the Mamelodi West police on Wednesday morning following a tip-off from residents.

Spokesperson Captain Johannes Maheso said the hijacking happened earlier in the day, around 09:30.

“Two courier company workers had stopped to deliver goods to a resident in Mamelodi West, Section B3, when they were attacked by men driving a white VW,” said Maheso.

He said the two hijackers were armed with guns.

“One of the men drove off in the van while the other sped off in the VW.”

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“They went to a location in Mamelodi West Section H where they loaded the goods from the courier van into a white Ford Bantam then left, abandoning the van there.”

Maheso said in the meantime, the courier company staff had flagged down a police patrol vehicle to report the crime.

He said thanks to the police’s quick response, the van was speedily recovered.

He said the police canvassed the neighbours and got the description of the getaway car.

The white Ford Bantam was spotted in Section K.

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“A search of the vehicle uncovered an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and goods suspected to have been stolen from the courier van,” he said.

Maheso confirmed that the police had recovered the contents of only one of the six boxes that remained in the courier van when it was hijacked.

He could not say what was in the other five boxes or give an estimate of the value of their contents

He said the police were still investigating and the men would appear in the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court soon.

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Stephen Selaluke
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