Taxi hijackers arrested

Three people were arrested in Daveyton, Benoni, for hijacking a taxi at gunpoint, police said on Tuesday.

Captain Alfred Nakana said the two men, aged 25 and 36, and a teenage boy (15) were arrested on Monday night, about 40 minutes after hijacking the taxi in the same area.

“About 10 people blocked the taxi with a bakkie and demanded keys from the taxi driver at gunpoint,” he said.

A passenger—who had been in the taxi at the time of the hijacking—called the police and a search for the men was launched immediately.

The trio are expected to appear in the Benoni magistrate’s court on Wednesday.

On Tuesday police were still searching for their seven accomplices.

Meanwhile, 61 people were expected to appear in the Daveyton magistrate’s court on Tuesday for charges related to drunk driving and drinking in public.

Nakana said they had initially arrested 74 people, including 17 women, but 13 of them were released on Tuesday morning on paying admission of guilt fines.

“People think they can do as they please and violate bylaws just because it is the festive season.
But through operation clean up, we will be targeting those who break the law,” he said.—Sapa

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