KIMBERLEY, June 4– A swift response by police officers in Kathu, the Kuruman K9 unit, the flying squad, and neighbourhood watch and farm watch members led to the arrest of two 25-year-old men who allegedly hijacked a car in Kathu, Northern Cape police said on Sunday.
A woman driving to Postmasburg early on Friday morning gave two hitchhikers a lift, Lt-Col Dimakatso Mooi said.
The two men apparently asked to be dropped at the Kathu-Reishof intersection. Upon arrival at that point, one man sitting in the back allegedly “strangled the woman with a rope while the other in front tried to suffocate her”. The victim managed to escape and the two sped off with her Volkswagen Polo Vivo car.
The car, together with goods stolen from inside, was found in the veld near Bulcote Farm a few hours after the hijacking and the suspects were arrested.
Kathu police station commander Lt-Col N Klassen thanked the officers and the nighbourhood watches for their quick response whenever needed.
“Crime is not an individual thing and it affects everybody; it is through working together with our communities that crime can decrease and suspects are brought to book,” he said.
The two men were expected to appear in the Kathu Magistrate’s Court soon. The police investigation was continuing, Mooi said.