‘Traffic officers’ arrested for truck hijackings


Two suspects who posed as Gauteng traffic officers and hijacked trucks were arrested in Pretoria West on Friday.

According to col. Philani Nkwalase, spokesperson for the Hawks, an investigation was launched after information was received about a string of trucks being hijacked in Gauteng.

A multidisciplinary team, consisting of the Falcons, Falcon Risk Solutions, Tracker Connect, the Gauteng traffic police and the insurance crime bureau, was set up to handle the investigation.

“Information put the team on the trail of the two suspects who manned vehicle checkpoints and thus pulled trucks off the road and hijacked them. They were dressed in the official uniforms of Gauteng traffic officers,” confirms Nkwalase.

The team spotted the suspects on their way to Atteridgeville in Pretoria West on Friday.

“The team chased the suspects and pulled them off the road. They were summarily arrested.”

The suspects were both wearing Gauteng traffic uniforms.

“The suspects’ car was searched and an unlicensed firearm with ammunition, a signal blocker, blue lights, firearm holders from the police service, fake government number plates and more traffic uniforms were found and confiscated.”

The two are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.