Zwane said both victims were arrested and charged for defeating the ends of justice. They appeared in the Verulam Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
The 47-year-old woman opened a case of rape on September 14‚ telling police that she had been attacked the day before. A few days later the 42-year-old man opened a case of hijacking at the Tongaat Police station. He claimed he had been hijacked by two men on September 13.
Zwane said: "Police are again warning members of the community to refrain from reporting false cases as police resources are wasted when police spend time and money investigating these matters. Police take all reports of crime seriously and those that open false cases will be caught out."
Reaction Unit SA's Prem Balram reported that their members responded to a hijacking last Thursday.
"While the couple were distracted they were approached by a man who was in possession of a knobkierie. He instructed the two to exit the vehicle before he robbed them of their valuables. The suspect then drove off in the victim's vehicle‚" Balram said.