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SAPS issue warning after e-hailer hijacked

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Gqeberha police are warning e-hailing drivers to use their discretion and to act with caution when responding to calls for pick-ups at NMU’s Missionvale campus.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, said the warning comes after two e-hailing drivers were hijacked outside the campus while waiting for their customers.

She said the latest incident occurred on Saturday night when the complainant received a request to pick up a person from the university who needed to be taken to Summerstrand.

“While he was engaging with the security at the gate, a male approached him from behind and opened the front door of his Ford Figo. The person produced a firearm and demanded the vehicle and his cell phone,” she said.

Naidu said a second suspect appeared and the complainant jumped out and the suspects drove off in his car towards Izinyoka where the vehicles were later recovered.

She said earlier in the day another e-hailer was hijacked of his vehicle which was later recovered, however, the driver did not open a case after his vehicle was found.

Naidu said the area has become a “hotspot for vehicle hijackings.”