Police arrested three suspected truck hijackers, three dentists who were working illegally and three police officers over the past weekend in a series of operations.
One of the police officers is a constable who is likely to be charged with perjury after he has brought a case of attempted murder. The constable allegedly injured his leg during a brawl with a hijacking victim. The police officer initially claimed he had been shot by someone who might have wanted to hijack him, said Col. Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said.
Later, however, at a hospital, he was identified as one of the suspects who allegedly hijacked a Toyota minibus in Mamelodi, Pretoria. He was arrested at Pholosong Hospital, where he took himself for treatment after the alleged hijacking. He was not on duty when the incident happened.
Two more Randfontein police officers were arrested for theft of cement and the assault of a security guard. The two were allegedly taken to a premises – while on duty – where they allegedly stole a bag of cement. A security guard confronted them at the gate and was allegedly assaulted, Dlamini said.
They are expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court later today.
“Nobody is going to evade the law and those who are in the wrong, including our own members, are going to be indicted,” Lt. Gen. Gauteng Police Chief Elias Mawela said.
Mawela said police had already begun its Christmas holiday operations. “We’re going to make it difficult for criminals who think they can harass the community and make money from it. The tide is turning against them and I’m going to deploy every available member, including reservists, over the festive season. ”
In yet another police success, three suspected hijackers were arrested in Brakpan after a truck that was on the way from Cape Town was hijacked on the N1 near Diepkloof. An unknown number of people involved used a blue light to show the truck driver to stop, Dlamini said.
The truck driver was blindfolded and taken to a warehouse in Brakpan.
“Thanks to the intervention of a task team, the suspects were arrested before inventory of approximately R300 000 could be stolen. Three suspects were arrested at the scene. Two others escaped. The police are still on track. ”