TABLE VIEW POLICE TO THE RESCUE OF AN ATTEMPTED HI-JACKING VICTIM
A taxify operator experienced a horrific ordeal after he picked up a client in Athlone on the evening of Thursday, 7 March 2019. The client gave an address in Table View and the journey started. When they arrived in Table View, the client started to make strange comments and the taxify operator became uneasy.
The client asked the driver if he’d ever been hi-jacked or robbed and if he was wearing his safety belt. The driver did not answer him. Suddenly, the client grabbed the safety belt and pulled it around the neck of the driver, telling him that he has a gun and that the driver must take him back to Athlone, or he will be shot.
The driver was in Koeberg Road, approaching Killarney and attempted to make a u-turn. Table View Police officers, who were busy with patrols noticed the vehicle and started to drive towards the vehicle. At this point, the taxify driver lost control over the vehicle, because the seat belt was held tight against his throat. The driver drove into a pole of a street light. When the vehicle came to a halt, the driver managed to jump out of the window towards the police vehicle.
He shouted that someone was inside his car and tried to hi-jack his vehicle. The officers approached the vehicle with caution and found a man climbing out of the rear passenger door. The officers introduced themselves and instructed him to lie on the ground. They searched the man and found a knife on him, which was used during the commission of the crime.
The 31-year-old suspect was arrested and taken to Table View Police Station. He will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Monday, 11 March 2019 on charges of assault, attempted hi-jacking and possession of a dangerous weapon.