Three arrested for opening false hijacking case

THREE suspects were arrested after they allegedly opened a false hijacking case at Tongaat Police Station recently.

The suspects, aged between 18 and 22 years, were due to appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on August 6 facing charges of defeating the ends of justice.

According to information received from the police, the driver of a VW Polo vehicle and his two passengers were travelling along the Watson Highway in Tongaat when they were stopped by an unknown person who wanted a lift on August 3 at about 8.45 pm.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said: “The hitchhiker allegedly pointed a weapon at the driver who was instructed to drive towards the Umdloti area.

“While in Umdloti, the vehicle crashed into another vehicle and into a barrier.

“The alleged hijacker fled the scene and according to the driver, nothing was taken. Police obtained sworn statements from all three occupants of the VW Polo who stated that they were hijacked,” Zwane said.

Following an investigation by detectives it was established that all three were lying and they had opened a false case of hijacking.

Zwane explained: “All three suspects were arrested and charged with defeating the ends of justice.

“This is once again an indication that our police officers will not condone the misuse of police resources through the opening of false cases.”