Manenberg Police Station commander, Brigadier Enolium Joseph, says the skelms, who claim to be members of the 26s gang, were caught within hours by wakker officers from the K9 Unit.
He says shortly before 5am on Friday, the driver had received a trip request in Vanguard Estate from a passenger who attacked him.
“He responded at 4.45am and picked up a male passenger in his white Toyota Etios. But as the driver started to pull away, the man took out a firearm and threatened him,” says Joseph.
“Two other male suspects appeared, of which one of them was armed. They got in the car and forced him out and drove away. The driver was not injured.”
Joseph says later, at 9am, while the K9 Unit was patrolling in Manenberg, they spotted two men in the Toyota in Ruimte Road and became suspicious when they saw the rear number plate had been removed.
“When the occupants spotted the K9 SAPS vehicle, the driver accelerated and a short high-speed chase ensued,” says Joseph.
“Officers cornered the vehicle in Ruimte Road and the two suspects were arrested. During a check of the vehicle, they discovered it had been hijacked earlier that morning. The owner was traced and he told officers what had transpired.”
The two men, aged 20 and 23, from Bonteheuwel were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, but Joseph says an additional charge of hijacking may be added to the list if the victim can identify the two men as the perpetrators.
“The vehicle was recovered and the two suspects will make their first appearance in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court [today].”
According to a police source, officers found “Stupa Boys” tjappies on one of the men.
“When questioned, they claimed they were not Stupa Boys, but the one had a tjappie on his leg. They just said they were members of the 26s prison gang.”