Durban - Members of the police’s anti-hijacking task team have confiscated a taxi owned by an eManzimtoti policeman after it was used as a getaway vehicle by a gang who had hijacked a vehicle laden with cigarettes.
The drama happened on Monday when a gang of four held up a British American Tobacco salesman in Illovo on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The vehicle carried more than R150 000 worth of cigarettes.
The salesman was threatened with firearms and shoved out of his vehicle.
The hijackers sped off in the direction of Malagazi.
Police were notified and the tracking system on the vehicle was activated.
Police patrols and Metro police swung into action and traced the signal to Malagazi, where they found the car had been abandoned.
According to sources, as police scoured the area a white Toyota Quantum minibus taxi hurtled down a dirt road from Malagazi towards Durban, raising the suspicion of the watching officers.
“The K9 unit and the Metro Police cornered the taxi and the four suspects jumped out their vehicle,” a source said.
“The dog chased the suspects into the bush and caught one of them. Unfortunately three other suspects managed to escape,” the source said.
The taxi driver and and conductor were arrested along with the alleged hijacker.
Further investigation revealed that the taxi was owned by a warrant officer attached to the eManzimtoti police station.
Sources said, the policeman tried to have his taxi released, but this was refused on the basis that it was used in the commission of a crime.
The policeman claimed the hijackers had promised his driver and conductor R1 500 to take them to KwaMashu.
The case was handed to the anti-hijacking task team for investigation.
The three men who managed to get away have yet to be arrested.