KwaMashu SAPS has issued a warning to Uber and metered taxi drivers following several robberies in KwaMashu and surrounding areas. It is believed that criminals are pretending to be clients and request to be fetched from restaurants, night clubs or other places, to be dropped off at a certain destination around KwaMashu.
Col Thembeka Mbhele of the South African Police Service said that the suspects then stop the driver at gunpoint and rob the victim of their belongings. In addition to this, the vehicle is also taken. “We are appealing to drivers to be vigilant and take extra precautions when asked to pick up clients,” she explained.
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According to Col Mbhele, on December 31 at about 10:15pm, a 41-year-old driver was dropping off a passenger in Ndlondo Road in G Section. The passenger did not pay the complete fare and instructed the driver to wait for someone who would pay the full amount. The complaint was soon robbed of two cellphones and cash at gunpoint. The suspects fled the scene of the crime.
“In the second incident on New Year’s Day at about 11:20pm, a 24-year-old driver was contacted to pick up a passenger in Phoenix and transport him to J Section in KwaMashu. Upon arrival at the destination, the suspect withdrew a firearm and pointed it at the driver,” she explained.
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A second suspect then approached. They demanded the victim’s cellphone and cash. The driver was also forced into the boot of the vehicle. Investigations are continuing at KwaMashu SAPS.
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