Manenberg cops have issued a warning to e-hailing cab drivers to be careful when agreeing to make trips into the community after a driver was attacked on Friday.
Manenberg SAPS commander Brigadier Sanele Zama says the 36-year-old man made a daring escape after he was shot.
“The incident happened in broad daylight on Friday afternoon.
“The driver picked up the passenger in Eerste River and when they arrived at the house in Heideveld, the suspect told him to wait, he was going inside to fetch the money and the driver told him to leave his bag behind as proof that he was coming back,” says Zama.
He says as the suspect approached the car, he brought out a gun and held it against the driver’s head as he demanded he hand over his cellphone.
“He wanted the phone but the driver threw the phone on the back seat and the suspect fired a shot into the car and hit him in the thigh.
“The driver attempted to flee and even tried to knock over the suspect but didn’t hit him.
“He drove himself to the police station from where he was transported to Heideveld Day Hospital.”
Zama adds: “The drivers are being targeted as the skelms want their phones, money and in some cases they sommer hijack the vehicle.
“We want the drivers to be vigilant and watch the passengers to see if it is safe to transport them as the drivers don’t really know Manenberg and can be placing themselves in danger.”