Thursday, October 18, 2007

October 19, 2007



Warning for N2 road users

Captain Jabulani Mdletshe with the spikes that are being put across the road to lure vulnerable victims

Ronelle Ramsamy

MOTORISTS using the N2 between Mtubatuba and Hluhluwe have been urged to avoid changing a flat tyre on the road, as they could become an easy target for hijackers.
As we approach the festive season, police say many motorists become victims of robbery and hijacking on the highway.
According to the KwaMsane cluster stations ie KwaMsane, KwaMbonambi, Mtubatuba and Hluhluwe SAPS, a number of cases have been reported, whereby hijackers place spikes on the road to lure vulnerable victims fixing a puncture.
The object reportedly has sharp pieces of iron and metal protruding.
When the vehicle crosses the spike, the hijackers wait for the tyre to be fixed before robbing the victim of his/her belongings and stealing the vehicle.
Police have now advised drivers not to stop to fix a puncture but drive to the most convenient and safest place like the nearest gas station or police station.
In addition, police have stepped up patrols along the N2 Highway from the KwaMbonambi crossings to the Hluhluwe river during the festive season.
'The Police Highway patrol cars are also available at all times, as they constantly drive from Empangeni up to Mkuze.
'The police request that anyone who encounters this problem to please phone their nearest police station for any assistance.
'The driver must always make sure they have the police station numbers handy.
'The Toll free number can also be used - 08600 10111,' said Captain Jabulani Mdletshe.



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