A marauding gang has been caught on camera trying to hijack a man’s car along OR Tambo street in Klerksdorp, Johannesburg but the man gathered courage and scared them away with his knife.
The man, who is as yet unidentified, bravely protected his family at the risk of his life until the gang ran away, while onlookers also scurried for cover.
It is suspected the gang targeted the middle-aged man’s vehicle, a Toyota Landcruiser. Police have yet to comment on the incident, at the time of publishing.
Crime in South Africa is out of control, and the situation is aggravated by the very low conviction rate of serious crime in the country.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) released its crime stats for the 2020/21 period, which showed an increase in serious crimes like murder, robbery, and sexual offences. According to the report, only 2.3% of 16,026 car hijackings made it to court and resulted in a guilty verdict.
The situation for house robberies was equally poor, where only 4.6% of criminals were arrested and successfully prosecuted. Watch the video below:
Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man alleged to be a gang member was shot dead in Jouberton near Klerksdorp in North West.
The man was standing next to his car, when gunmen allegedly shot him dead on Friday.
“Reportedly, the victim who is said to be a member of the Al-Qaeda gang, was standing next to his car on the street and chatting to someone when three men who alighted from a white Toyota Quantum minibus without registration number, shot and killed him instantly,” North West police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said.
“The motive of the incident is yet to be determined and investigation into the matter is under way. No arrest has been effected.
“Anyone who may have information that can assist in the investigation is requested to contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Warrant Officer Ansie Du Preez on 082 856 1184 or call the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111. Alternatively, anonymous tip-offs can be shared via MySAPS App,” he said.
In the Free State, police said a 40-year-old mine worker was arrested after he was found in possession of explosives.
Sergeant Mahlomola Kareli said the police arrested the mine worker on Friday, after they received information about a man carrying explosives in a bag.
“The suspect was identified and approached. Upon searching him, members found shock wave assemblies, blasting cartridges and a shock wave starter in the bag. The suspect who is a 40-year-old miner at one of the local mines was arrested for possession of explosives. He will appear in the Virginia Magistrate’s Court soon,” Kareli said.