And while Blue and Marshall security companies do not dispute the numbers, they believe there has been little decrease in this type of crime at local level.
According to the SAPS crime stats, hijackings had decreased to 16325 cases in 2017/18 from 16717 in 2016/17.
In KwaZulu-Natal, there were 3029 cases in 2016/17, which decreased to 2698 in 2017/18.
Retired medical professor Dr Soornarain Subramoney Naidoo was hijacked in Bayview in October last year. He was assaulted, bundled into the back seat of his Mercedes-Benz at gunpoint and driven to uMlazi, before being dumped in the township’s W section.