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15 August 2011 at 14:38 - Posted by Anonymous

Centurion woman has close shave in hijack ordeal


Held at gunpoint by two hijackers and driven through the city at high speed, a Centurion woman had a narrow escape when police on patrol spotted her attackers driving recklessly through Ga-Rankuwa and forced them to surrender.

The woman, who declined to be interviewed, was hijacked in Rooihuiskraal on Sunday afternoon as she neared her home.

Forcing the 53-year-old woman off the road, the attackers, armed with 9mm pistols, held her up before dragging her into the back of her car. As one held the terrified woman at gunpoint, the other got into the driver’s seat and drove off.

Racing through the city and on to the Mabopane Highway, the suspects were spotted by police as they drove into Ga-Rankuwa.

Giving chase after discovering that the vehicle had been hijacked, police eventually forced the driver to stop, arresting the men as they tried to flee.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Matthews Nkoadi confirmed the hijacking and kidnapping and said officers on patrol in the township became suspicious when they spotted the men driving recklessly.

Nkoadi said the policemen, discovering that the car had been hijacked, gave chase while radioing for back-up.

“As they chased after the car, the police officers managed to force the driver to stop. The two suspects were arrested as they tried to flee.

“While searching the men police recovered two 9mm pistols,” he said.

He said the woman, who was unharmed, was taken to safety by the officers.

Nkoadi said the suspects would appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a suspected hijacked vehicle and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

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