On 11 January 2014, the Durban Flying Squad, Durban Tactical Response Team and Public Order Police made a breakthrough when they arrested five suspects for car hijackings that occurred in various Durban suburbs. The suspects were arrested for crimes committed in Merebank, Wentworth, Westville and Verulam. The five men were arrested in Umlazi and four vehicles were recovered in the Umlazi Township.
On 7 January 2014 at about 21:30, a 35-year-old female was threatened with a firearm and a knife while entering her house in Merebank and hijacked of her Toyota Conquest. A 25-year-old woman was hijacked of her VW Polo at knifepoint in Merewent on 10 January 2014 and another 25-year-old was threatened with high calibre firearms and robbed of her Renault Clio and handbag. The men have also been accused of stealing a Toyota Avanza in Verulam on 11 January 2014. Police seized a 9mm firearm with its serial number filed off from one of the suspects as well as toy gun that they allegedly used in the hijackings. Five suspects aged between 19 and 22 will be charged for three counts of hijacking, possession of unlicensed firearm and theft of motor vehicle. They will appear in Durban Magistrates Court soon. We are still looking for one other member of the gang who is from Umlazi and we believe that these men will be linked to other hijacking cases in the Durban area.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended police for the breakthrough. “The arrest of these criminals is a massive achievement for police and we believe it will contribute to our efforts in reducing the incidents of hijacking in Durban and surrounding areas,” she said. – SAPS news service