- An armed robbery and hijacking caused a stir via social media
- The footage revealed a group of men pouncing on a motorist at a petrol station
- The brazen crime was perpetrated in full view of other potential witnesses
An armed robbery and hijacking took place at a Shell Garage in Oakdene, Johannesburg.
The incident was caught on camera by the CCTV surveillance cameras and showed a motorist filling up at the petrol station.
Another car appeared and they pounced on the victim within a flash.
The brazen act was performed in full view of other potential witnesses and was shared via Facebook by the Intelligence Bureau SA group.
Briefly.co.za noted the angry feedback from frustrated South Africans.
Dumisani Moyo said,
"Time, place, doors unlocked or locked, gender, race, with or without smash grab tinted windows, all those doesn't matter in this day and age. During daylight near police station such crimes are happening everywhere, every hour in South Africa. CCTV are now Christmas lights for decoration."
Ahmed Dangor shared some advice:
"Fill up during the Day. Never fill up when you see the garage empty with no other vehicles. Also don't jump out of your vehicle while filling up. Key must be in ignition, doors locked, observe your surroundings as well as your mirrors. If you see anything suspicious, drive off don't wait for your gut feeling to prove you otherwise. Your life is more important than your material possessions. Be safe, be alert always."
Sicelo Sibiya added,
"It has been allowed for too long by the talk no action government, sad!"
Briefly.co.za reported on another harrowing hijacking attempt a few months ago.
The story had a happy ending as one of the victims was able to scare the criminals off by using a stapler.
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