Community members are urged to always be vigilant when driving their vehicles and report any suspicious-looking people of vehicles in their vicinity to the police
The SAPS’ KwaZulu-Natal Vehicle Identification Section have something to smile after they achieved good convictions from cases that they were investigating. From October 1 2016 up to December 31 2016, the members presented good evidence that led to the conviction and sentencing of 27 accused on various vehicle-related crimes such as car hijacking, theft of motor vehicles, possession of stolen vehicles and possession of unlicensed firearms. These suspects were sentenced by various magistrate’s Court in the province and their sentences are between five years and 18 years imprisonment.
They committed these crimes in places such as Margate, Empangeni, Newcastle, Osizweni, Richards Bay Umbumbulu and greater Durban area.
KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa welcomed the convictions and sentencing of these criminals. These criminals are regarded as dangerous as at times they used violence when hijacking vehicles from the owners. Community members are urged to always be vigilant when driving their vehicles and report any suspicious-looking people of vehicles in their vicinity to the police, he said.