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Metro Police Recover Stolen Municipal Vehicle Within an Hour
The commendable swift action of the City’s Metro Police Unit has led to the quick recovery of a Municipal vehicle only an hour after it was stolen at gun-point from a City official.
The white Toyota Quantum, belonging to the City’s Fleet Unit was being driven by a female Electricity Unit official past Adams Mission on the south coast when it was stolen. According to the official, a group of men hijacked her when she stopped at a robot.
Metro Police Superintendent Kasey Naicker said the incident occurred at 5pm yesterday, 5 October.
“The matter was reported to us immediately and we sent a team out to look for it,” he said.
Within an hour of searching the vehicle was found.
“We received word that the vehicle fitting its description was seen speeding into the south. Our team searched both KwaMakhutha and Folweni, before the vehicle was located in Nsimbini, in the Folweni area,” he said.
Naicker said the hijackers abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot when they saw Metro Police vehicles.
Despite Metro Police giving chase, the hijackers escaped.
Naicker said law enforcement was monitoring the area and searching for the suspects.
Acting Metro Police Head Steve Middleton commended his members for the stellar work and rapid response.
“Metro Police is more determined than ever to stop crime in the City. No disregard for by-laws, traffic law or criminal law will be tolerated. Anyone found breaking the law will be brought to book,” he said sternly.
Meanwhile, Metro Police City-wide roadblocks are on-going.
Middleton said between 29 September to 1 October, 99 drunk drivers were arrested.
“Drunken driving remains a huge problem on our roads. We are a taking a zero tolerance stance against this disgusting practice. Those found drinking and driving will face the full might of the law,” he said.
Middleton urged residents and visitors to familiarise themselves with the by-laws which are available on the City’s website and to obey the law at all times.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
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