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'Hijacking victim' arrested by Port Elizabeth police for perjury

May 15, 2018
'Hijacking victim' arrested by Port Elizabeth police for perjury

Police in Port Elizabeth have again warned the public that opening of false cases is an offence and is punishable by law.

The warning comes after the Provincial Organised Crime Port Elizabeth on Monday arrested a 30-year-old male and detained him in terms of the contravention of the Commissioner of Justice and Oaths Act, Section 9 – making a false statement under oath and theft.

"On Saturday, the suspect alleged that, at about 03:30, he was hijacked at gunpoint by unknown males on the N2 Freeway near Bluewater Bay in Port Elizabeth," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The suspect was the driver of a truck, which was loaded with liquor to the value of R800 000.

"On further probing, the driver alleged that he was not robbed, but instead agreed with the unknown men to steal the liquor."

Col Naidu said that more arrests are imminent.

The driver, Elton Schoeman, appeared in the Motherwell Magistrate's Court and was released on R500 bail.

The case is remanded until 2 July 2018.      

The Cluster Commander for Motherwell Cluster, Maj Gen Dawie Rabie, sent out a stern warning to the communities that "we will not hesitate to arrest and detain those, who open false cases.

"The cases opened are very serious allegations and require intensive investigation which entail many long hours, manpower and resources . These resources could have been fruitfully utilised in more urgent matters of policing."