Linden police confirmed that hammer gangs have allegedly hijacked two vehicles recently and are targeting residents in their driveways in Blairgowrie, Johannesburg.
According to Linden CPF, the hammer gangs seem to know the habits of their victims, Randburg Sun reported.
Apparently a group of three gangs in a white VW Polo and another group of two gangs driving an old white VW Jetta were terrorising the suburbs of Fontainebleau and Blairgowrie over the past few days.
Captain Alex Vermaak from the Linden Police Station said one vehicle was hijacked in Morris Avenue and the other one in Blairgowrie Drive in Blairgowrie.
“Over the past few days at least five incidents of hijacking occurred. Those vehicles have not been recovered yet,” added Vermaak.
In a separate incident, the notorious panga gang that terrorised the Emjindini township in Mpumalanga were released last year.
This after Magistrate Thulile Mthethwa initially sentenced them to four months’ imprisonment and a fine of R4 000 each, which was wholly suspended for a period of three years.
“From today, if you are found to have breached a law within the next three years, this sentencing will be taken into consideration,” Mthethwa said.
The five gang members – Cyprian Manda, Skhumbuzo Chauke, Lawrence Mavimbela, Prince Fakude and Surprise Mnisi – spent their first night at home for the first time in 2015 after their arrest on December 21 at Bongani Bottle Store.
The gang members had been reportedly found in possession of dangerous weapons, which included pangas and butcher knives.
– Caxton News Service