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Eight men arrested on the R59 as part of an alleged truck hijacking syndicate in Gauteng

VAAL TRIANGLE - Gauteng police say a collaboration with private security companies this week led to the arrest of eight men on the R59 who are suspected to be part of a syndicate that hijacks trucks in Gauteng. Police spokesperson, Captain Mavela Masondo, said in a statement police on Tuesday received information of a planned truck hijacking somewhere along the R59 freeway. Masondo says the information was operationalised and a team that included Provincial Serious and Violent Crimes Unit, Tshwane Tactical Response Team, Crime Intelligence, West Rand K9, Johannesburg K9, Fidelity Specialised Services and Community Active Protection was activated. The team kept close observation along the freeway when they spotted three vehicles, including a marked ambulance, following the truck on the R59 at about 11:00 on Tuesday 08 June 2021. Police intercepted the vehicles and suspects responded by firing shots at the police which led to a shootout and high speed chase. The ambulance came to a halt on the R59 and three suspects were apprehended after they were found with two firearms and a jammer. One more suspect was in a Mazda and arrested. Police pursued the Mercedes Benz and managed to apprehend four more suspects on the M2 East and recovered two firearms. Preliminary investigation revealed that the Mercedes Benz was hijacked in Moffatview in May 2021. This brings to total 10 suspected truck hijackers arrested in Gauteng in a space of two days following the arrest of the initial two on Monday (07 June) in Sedibeng.


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