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The latest statistics from South African Police Service indicates a significant rise in the amount of hijackings and vehicle thefts across the country. With over 140 000 of these unfortunate occurrences per year, driving a vehicle has proved to be dangerous, leaving victims paranoid and scarred for life.

A VW Golf 6 GTI traveling towards Lenasia has been damaged by 14 bullets while the driver sustained multiple wounds to his upper body. The victim has been transported by Saaberie Chishty Ambulance along with Emer G Med to Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital.

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According to Lenasia SAPS spokesperson Captain Hector Netshivodza who was at the scene, the police apparently received a call noting the incident and a case of attempted murder has been opened. At this moment it is unclear of where the incident took place .

According to bystanders the driver lost control of the car landing outside the grass embankment outside Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital.

A good gesture from Ahmed Kathrada’s Elsa Benade who was also on scene states that there was speculation that the patient was en route for treatment at the hospital, she advised medics on scene to transport the patient to the hospital regardless of whether he could afford the private treatment or not as the incident virtually occurred on their doorstep. The motive of the shooting, however, remains unclear.

Dear motorists: Please stay safe and arrive alive! Hijacking prevention tips: 

  1. Be alert and pay attention when arriving home on Friday or Saturday evenings. Many citizens arrive home after collecting a takeaway or dining at a restaurant only to find a hijacker waiting to steal their car and rob the household.

2. Be cautious at petrol stations and garages as well as supermarkets and convenience stores; these locations are often used by hijackers and thieves to spot potential targets.

3. Be aware that specialised, customised number plates may attract hijackers.

4. Take caution on weekends as Friday and Saturday evenings are where most hijackings in South Africa occur.

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