Gauteng police have warned members of the public against making false reports and wasting police resources in investigating non-existent cases.
The warning follows the arrest of a Lenasia man, 30, who reported a false hijacking and described how his vehicle was taken by suspects armed with a rifle.
Police said the suspect would be charged with perjury when he appears at the Protea Magistrate’s Court.
As hijackings form part of serious and violent crimes, the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawila has tasked special teams to investigate these cases.
During a preliminary investigation, police established discrepancies in the victim’s report. On further questioning the victim, it was established that the report was false and that he had never been hijacked but was, in fact, panicking about the whereabouts of the vehicle.
However, motorists were warned to always be vigilant and report all suspicious people and vehicles as most hijackings were committed at robots, driveways, and at remote parking spots.
Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said: “The motorists should not to stop at driveways if suspecting that they are being followed, In case of being hijacked, should not resist, and avoid eye contact as hijackers are violent and should also contact the nearest police station or security in all suspicious circumstances.”
– African News Agency