By: Natasha Archary
A Johannesburg man fell victim to a hijacking in October, apparently during loadshedding. In a video recently shared to social media, the Kempton Park resident was closing his gate when he was attacked.
The three men were armed and made off with the man’s Mercedes Benz. Footage shows the man checking something on his gate when he notices the men approaching. The Johannesburg man tries to close the gate but the men were quicker and forced him to the ground.
The man’s neighbours can be seen watching the incident take place behind the adjacent wall.
Many South Africans have shared their concerns over loadshedding and safety due to criminals seizing the opportunity and lurking in the dark.
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) November 7, 2021
Since the video circulated, ArriveAlive shared a hijacking prevention guideline. According to the road safety organisation, hijackings are an organised business run on thorough planning.
“Specific vehicles with specific characteristics are ordered beforehand and efforts have to be made to meet the requirements of such orders. These vehicles will then be resold to the already predetermined buyer,” ArriveAlive hijacking guideline.
Fridays were recorded as the day in the week were most hijackings occurred. Weekends showed a lower hijacking rate due to syndicates checking their stock and placing orders on Mondays as well as the fact that there are fewer vehicles on the road.
Also read: Top 5 hijacking hotspots in Gauteng