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By Mhlaba Memela | Sep 17, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A GANG of four homeless people, including three street kids. suspected of being behind a spate of hijackings has been arrested.

It is alleged that the gang has been terrorising motorists on KwaZulu-Natal South Coast and in Durban.

During a brief court appearance on Tuesday they were remanded to allow their guardians to be present when they make their next court appearance.

The four suspects allegedly hijacked metered taxi driver Bongumusa Biyela on September 9 using a toy gun and knife. They were arrested the following day.

The four asked Biyela to drive them from Scottburgh on the South Coast to Durban and then hijacked him while passing Durban's 2010 Moses Mabhida Stadium.

It is believed that one member of the gang took control of the car and drove the Toyota Venture metered taxi on to the N3 freeway toward Pietermaritzburg.

Later the gang allegedly forced Biyela out of the car and used a seat belt to tie him to a tree before they drove off.

Police believe the four can be linked to other hijackings in the area.

Detectives were due to take fingerprints to see if the suspects were not linked to any hijackings in other areas too.

Only the name of one of the suspects Jabulani Myeza, 22, has been released.

Police spokesperson Vincent Pandarum said the hijacking was reported to the police and a case of armed robbery was opened by the Scottburgh police

"A police officer in Hibberdene, who responded to a report about a suspicious vehicle near a farm in Ifafa Beach, established that it was the same Toyota Venture that had been stolen."

Pandarum said two of the suspects were busy striking a deal to sell the vehicle, unaware that the prospective buyer was a police contact.

"The vehicle had been left at Ifafa because it had run out of fuel.

"The suspects were to return with petrol so that the buyer could drive it away. Police located the suspects close by and recovered a cellphone and the car keys."

He said that a toy gun, knife and other items were recovered.


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