SHOCKING FOOTAGE: Family of 4 hijacked in driveway

Four armed men hijacked a family during broad daylight at their home in Constantia Kloof

 

A Constantia Kloof family has turned to Roodepoort Northsider for help in bringing to justice the four armed men who were caught on CCTV cameras hijacking the family’s vehicle at their private residence on 19 November.

The victims gave permission to the local paper to use the footage on condition that their faces were blurred out after they felt that the Honeydew police, who are handling the case, were allegedly turning a blind eye to the matter and giving them more anxiety than hope.

“We gave the police clear footage of the entire incident but we haven’t heard from them ever since. We don’t know what’s happening with the case,” said a shattered mother, who wished to remain anonymous.

Recalling the terrifying nightmare, the mother of two daughters, aged 12 and 17, said they, including her husband who was assaulted, were returning from a family function when they were ambushed and hijacked by the brazen gang, travelling in a red VW Golf 2 in broad daylight.

The entire incident was caught on CCTV – and shows three men jumping out of their vehicle and then pointing a gun at the family, demanding them to exit the car and assaulting the husband after he tried to react.

The footage, taken from different angles, showed how professional and quick the perpetrators were when committing the crime.

The wife further unpacked the shock and traumatic encounter her family underwent during the hijacking. “These men showed up after we attempted to drive into our home. They were very quick,” she said.

She added that they forced them out of their Mercedes Benz and demanded that she hand over her jewellery and handbag which contained valuable items and some cash.

“They demanded the Mercedes-Benz, ordered me to give them my earrings and gold bangles before forcing us out of the car. Thereafter they started assaulting my husband and then took off,” she recalled.

The footage demonstrates how the perpetrators assaulted the man as he tried to defend his family. The two young girls can be seen holding and comforting each other in the video.

“In just two minutes, they caused absolute havoc. My eldest daughter had to experience her second gun robbery incident within two years,” added the mother.

Although the vehicle was recovered 40 minutes later by the Flying Squad in Alexandra, along with a car jamming device, the family was left with the challenge of getting the car out of the impound and the stressful process of claiming from their insurance company.

Honeydew police spokesperson, Captain Balan Muthan confirmed the incident. He stated that police were still probing the matter. However, a warrant of arrest had not been issued because the suspects have not been identified.

“The suspects are still at large. We need to identify the suspects before issuing a warrant of arrests,” Muthan responded.

The police advised Roodepoort Northsider against using the footage. However, in hopes of helping the family, the victims have given us permission to publish the footage.

After learning about the incident, the Honeydew Community Policing Forum urged the community to be vigilant and cautious of suspicious vehicles following or approaching them.

WATCH THE FOOTAGE HERE: 

  AUTHOR
Siso Naile
Journalist

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