- Video footage of an attempted hijacking in Lonehill, Jonahhesburg is making the rounds on social media
- The shocking clip reveals a group of men attempting to hijack a luxury SUV outside an unidentified apartment complex
- Mzansi took to the comments section and shared their reactions to the clip
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A video of an attempted hijacking in Lonehill, Johannesburg has caused a stir on social media. It seems the thieves had followed the owners of a luxury SUV to the front gate of their apartment complex.
According to video footage, the incident took place around 9:30 pm on Friday, 20 August. The car owners wait outside the complex gate before being rammed in by the driver of a white Toyota Corolla behind them.
Two armed men then step out of the vehicle. The SUV driver, however, does not give in to the thieves easily and quickly reverses the vehicle before ending up back on the main road.
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The short clip suggests the hijackers tried to pursue the victims.
South Africans headed to the comments section and were super shocked by the clip. One thoughtful social media user shared some useful advice for anyone hoping to prevent a hijacking.
Check out some of the interesting comments to the clip below:
"I hope the owner of the SUV did not get injured or worse?.... the best reaction in that situation is to submit to the criminals, save your life."
"Estates/Complexes should have armed guards. What's the point of having such security when thieves can come and rob you entering your premises? These bastards know security guards are not armed. We can't live like this."
"I think it's time we started giving mandatory life sentences for any crimes involving guns. It's enough already. #CrimeStats #hijack."
"Yusuf I believe we should learn from this:
1. Do no be a sitting duck at the gate you visiting at 9.30pm
2. Ring bell, move back to create a space for escape
3. Be vigilant of surrounding, put car in reverse to confuse any would be attacker.
May we continue to be protected."
"Isn't it supposed to be "attempted highjacking" as it seems like they failed in their attempt to hijack the vehicle?"
"Seems the camera operator was enjoying watching the video... Why didn't they call the police or security for a help."
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Heading online, @Abramjee shared the nail-biting video footage.
In the short clip, robbers attempt to get away with the cash they've taken before a victim nearby decides to intervene. The unknown man opens fire on the two robbers and it seems he hits one of the thieves as he tries to scale a fence.
The second robber flees in a blue getaway vehicle.
The clip really got Mzansi talking. Many people speculated that one of the thieves might have been seriously injured.
Check out some of the interesting comments below:
"Why are feathers coming off him after he was shot?"
"Then Madala Bheki and friends want to take away the self-defence from innocent law-abiding citizens. The victim did well, he should have put one down at least."
"I've watched so many of these vids and the robbers never want smoke."
"If people used better camera phones we would see the licence plate."
"I am always anxious when driving on that road."
"They use highjacked and stolen cars, obviously the faster the better."