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'Hijacking victim' arrested by Port Elizabeth police for perjury

Nov 6, 2017
'Hijacking victim' arrested by Port Elizabeth police for perjury

A 29-year-old 'hijacking victim' is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Monday after he was arrested by Port Elizabeth police for perjury.

It is alleged that the man reported to police that on Friday, between 22:00 – 23:00, that he was hijacked at the corners of Parliament and Rose Streets in Central while he stopped to urinate at the side of the road.

"He further stated that he was approached by three males who shoved him into his vehicle and drove to Havelock street where he was robbed of his money, cellphone and the vehicle’s keys. The van was loaded with wines and none of that was taken," described police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"A case of carjacking was opened by SAPS Humewood detectives.

"Detectives were suspicious about the man’s version of events and on further probing, it was established that he had lied."

According to the police, the man was in fact parked in Havelock street with a female companion in the vehicle.

"He was robbed of his cellphone, wallet and keys," she said.

"Police have opened a case of perjury and the man was detained."

 Col Naidu added that police are warning the public that they will not hesitate to detain them should it be established that they falsely reported a crime.

"This impacts seriously on service delivery,  resources and manpower. A case of hijacking is a serious crime and every relevant roleplayer including forensic experts are summoned to the scene.  

"We are also warning the public especially those from ‘out of town’ to be vigilant and refrain from picking up prostitutes as many cases of robbery and carjackings have been opened only to find out later  that the amorous  complainants are robbed and attacked while busy," added Maj Gen Funeka Siganga, the Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster.

Police are also advising people especially students, who negligently lose their laptops and cell phones  that they will be  arrested and charged if they falsely open cases for insurance claims.

"We are working closely with insurance companies in an effort to clamp down on false reporting."