Partnership policing showed its strength in Nyanga in Cape Town on Saturday morning when a 37-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after he and his accomplices hijacked a liquor delivery vehicle, Western Cape police said.
“A vigilant motorist witnessed the hijacking in Govan Mbeki Road, Philippi and flagged down a police patrol,” Lt-Col Andrè Traut said.
The motorist accompanied the South African Police Service (SAPS) officers and shortly afterwards the vehicle was spotted in Browns Farm nearby.
“The suspects stopped the vehicle and fled further on foot while one of them fired shots at police, fortunately missing the members. He was arrested and his firearm was confiscated. The stolen vehicle was also recovered.
“While the suspect is scheduled to make a court appearance in Athlone [Magistrate’s Court] on Monday we are in hot pursuit of the other two [hijackers] who managed to evade their arrest. We are grateful for the assistance we receive from the public to fight crime and community partnerships are highly valued,” Traut said.