Mduduzi Mtakati and Riaan van Zyl
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28 May 2015
5:17 pm

Roodeport hijacking foiled, suspects still at large

Mduduzi Mtakati and Riaan van Zyl

No arrests have been made yet after a shootout between hijackers and police officers ensued following an attempted hijacking of a cigarette truck in Roodeport, on the West Rand today.

The scene earlier today. Pic: Roodepoort Record

Police officers were patrolling the area around Mouton Street at about 9am when they came upon a hijacking in progress on the corner of Mouton and Killburn Street, Roodepoort Record reported.

Roodeport police spokesperson Warrant Officer Nonhlanhla Khumalo told The Citizen: “The suspects fled with the British American Tabacco (Bat) truck while other gang members followed in a white BMW and charcoal metallic Fortuner”.

Khumalo added: “The police vehicle gave chase and as the hijackers sped down Killburn Street past Hoërskool Roodepoort, another unsuspecting police captain was driving from the opposite direction. The suspects panicked and opened fire at them. However, no injuries were reported”.

Police continued to chase the suspects but they escaped. The Bat truck was found behind Westgate Shopping Centre with most of its stock. It’s unclear as to how many cigarette boxes the suspects made off with.

“Police recovered a 9mm pistol with 15 rounds and a magazine with one round,” added Khumalo.

Cases of hijacking and attempted murder are under investigation.

In a separate incident, three men who were about to hijack a truck transporting cigarettes were arrested in Freedom Park, Soweto, in January.

“Police with Gauteng intelligence were following information of men who were about to hijack a cigarette truck,” said Lieutenant Kay Makhubela. Police saw the car which matched the description of a car that had been used as a getaway vehicle during previous truck hijackings, added Makhubela. The three men, aged 38, 40, and 54, were all from Alexandra.

– Caxton News Service