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By Mary Papayya | Nov 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

NATIONAL Police Commissioner Bheki Cele has warned hijackers and their syndicates operating in KwaZulu-Natal that their reign was coming to an end.

He was reacting to a horrendous incident of hijacking in the province in which a woman barely survived.

The 26-year-old Pinetown woman was thrown several metres down a river bridge after being hijacked in Shallcrost.

Cele spoke to Sowetan yesterday from France.

Hijackings in the province have increased, with Umlazi and Chatsworth in Durban recording the highest number of violent incidents.

"This situation is getting out of hand and I can promise that special plans are in place to crack down on these thugs. The plans are being effected as we speak. Much as we have prioritised the setting up of a tactical response team to deal with taxi violence, we have also put in place special measures to deal with hijackers," Cele said.

On Friday Kavisha Seevnarain was driven by her attackers to Umkomaas and tossed 60 metres over the N2 bridge into the river.

"She miraculously survived and is being treated at a Durban hospital for broken ribs and a shattered pelvis," police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge said.

He also confirmed that four men had been taken in for questioning in connection with the incident buthave not yet been charged.

The victim's vehicle was found in Umlazi yesterday.

Mdunge also confirmed that plans were in place to target criminals, especially over the festive season.

"While we have a comprehensive plan for the festive season, the trio of crimes - hijackings, robberies and business robberies are being prioritised."

He said the police had established "a war-room led by senior officers to deal with these crimes".

"There has been a significant shift in the violence against hijack victims. Previously hijackers wanted your property, now they also want lives.

"This could be because they would be identified by the victims."


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