South Africa: Alleged Truck Hijackers Amongst 530 Suspects Arrested Over the Weekend in Gauteng

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Members investigating truck hijackings in Gauteng, this weekend arrested a suspected truck hijacker who has now been charged with possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition; possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles; and impersonating a police officer.

In a follow-up operation on Saturday 18 January 2020, police arrived at the address of the suspect in Stoneridge and found an unlicensed firearm with ammunition as well as a replica of a firearm. Two SAPS appointment certificates with the suspect's photo but different names were also found. Two vehicles that were at the address, a red VW Golf GTI and a grey VW Polo, were tested and confirmed as stolen in August 2019 in Hlogotlou and December 2017 in Sunnyside, respectively.

The suspect is one of three suspects arrested for truck hijackings after the first two were arrested the previous day in an intelligence-driven operation that led police to a plot around Umnandi in the Olievenhoutbosch policing area. On arrival at the plot, police allegedly found two black males off-loading boxes containing bars of bath soap from a Scania truck reported hijacked at Tarlton in the West Rand. The suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property.

Furthermore, other multi-disciplinary operations yielded positive results in Johannesburg where more than one hundred and thirty (130) suspects were arrested for crimes such as murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, fraud, possession of drugs, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and selling liquor without licence.

More than one hundred and sixty (160) suspects were arrested in the West Rand by the integrated law enforcement agencies. These suspects were arrested during roadblocks, raiding of illegal liquor outlets, tracing of wanted suspects as well as stop and searches for rape, armed robbery, arson, theft, pointing of firearm, intimidation, driving while under the influence of alcohol and possession of drugs.

Police operations in Ekurhuleni and Tshwane were also successful where they arrested more than one hundred and eighty (180) suspects who allegedly committed crimes that include possession of unlicensed firearm, murder, rape, assault and possession of suspected stolen property.

Meanwhile, police in Sedibeng arrested thirty five (35) suspects for malicious damage to property, possession of drugs, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, rape, driving while under the influence of alcohol, business burglary, possession of live ammunition and illegal immigrants.

The arrested suspects will appear at different magistrate courts in due course.

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