ENOUGH: Uber and Taxify drivers protest outside the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday. | Nokuthula Mbatha African News Agency (ANA)
ENOUGH: Uber and Taxify drivers protest outside the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday. | Nokuthula Mbatha African News Agency (ANA)

Bolt hijacker who posed as a rider before strangling driver gets 12-year sentence

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published Sep 22, 2021

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A JOHANNESBURG hijacker who targeted a Bolt driver in the the Southgate area has been sentenced in the Booysens Magistrate’s Court to 12 years in prison.

Convicted hijacker Bongani Kheswa, 31, hijacked a white Toyota Avanza which operated on the e-hailing app Bolt (formerly Taxi y) on October two years ago.

Police said the hijacker had posed as a rider who was intent on driving to Southgate from Orlando, Soweto, but along the way he and an accomplice produced a knife and strangled the driver.

Police spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele said the police found the vehicle in Alexandra township and the suspect was arrested while driving it.

“The victim got a request to pick up someone in Orlando; when he arrived, two males jumped in and told him to drive to Southgate.

“While approaching Southgate; they requested him to stop the vehicle; one in the front seat threatened him with a knife while his accomplice strangled him.

“He managed to jump off and fled; they drove off with a vehicle,” said Mbele.

Mbele said the car’s tracker signal was activated and the hijacker, Kheswa, was found driving the car and duly arrested.

Mbele said the police applauded Detective-Constable Thabiso Lehong, an investigating officer of the Johannesburg Central Trio Crimes Unit.

“We hope this sentence will scare away would be offenders from committing the same crime,” said Mbele.

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