Mon, 12 Apr 2021

  • Two people who are believed to be connected to a suspected hijacking syndicate have been arrested.
  • They have allegedly been linked to more than a dozen hijacking incidents.
  • Their arrests follow the arrest of Sharief Solomon, who is also believed to be a part of the syndicate.

The Hawks believe that they have dismantled a suspected hijacking syndicate with the recent arrest of two people.

According to the crime-fighting unit, the two people are believed to be linked to the notorious vehicle hijacking syndicate that has been operating in multiple provinces since 2008.

"A project-driven investigation has consequently linked them to more than 17 hijacking incidents thus far," Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said in a statement.

"The syndicate's reign of terror includes incidents in Johannesburg, Cape Town, the North West and the Free State provinces."

Mogale said the syndicate was on law enforcement officers' radar for a while and that the two people were arrested during an interprovincial takedown operation.

One of them is expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Wednesday and the other is scheduled to make his first appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

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Their arrests come after Sharief Solomon, 36, who is also believed to be a part of the syndicate, was arrested earlier in February in Cape Town.

"Solomon appeared on the 15th of February 2021 [in] the Goodwood Magistrate's Court," Mogale said.

"The matter is expected to be centralised soon to allow for the three to appear in the same dock to face charges of hijacking and possession of stolen vehicles."

Source: News24

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