Johannesburg - A new form of car hijacking is emerging – this time being committed by uniformed Joburg schoolchildren.
After school, the children, not wanting to spend their transport money on taxis and other public transport, illegally climb onto the back of trucks and bakkies being driven by unsuspecting motorists, and even pull open private motorists’ car doors and pile in without permission.
They often place fellow pupils in front of the vehicles at traffic lights, forcing cars to stop so they can climb in.
And the Joburg metro police department (JMPD), which calls the trend “staff riding”, has its hands tied, as, technically, no offence is committed.
“We have had numerous complaints from alarmed motorists and bakkie drivers. It appears to be a trivial offence but it infringes on the rights of motorists,” JMPD Superintendent Arthur Adendorff said.