Ivory Park SAPS warns about parking in isolated places

The Ivory Park SAPS would like to discourage couples from the habit of parking their vehicles in isolated places after dark.

Communications officer at Ivory Park SAPS Capt Bernard Matimulane said those who are doing so are putting their lives at risk, and that they should stop this tendency.

“In one of such incidents, a Soweto man visiting his girlfriend was accosted by three armed suspects while he and the lady he was visiting were parked on the street in Extension Two Ivory Park. They were bundled into the car and had their belongings such as cellphones and wallets taken. The girlfriend managed to escape first while he was busy tussling with the suspects, who wanted the personal identity number of his banking cards so that they could withdraw money. He also managed to escape and on his escape he sustained serious injuries as he jumped out of the moving car. That was the last time he saw his vehicle,” said Matimulane.

He said in another incident, a man and a woman, who chose to introduce themselves as friends, were hijacked at an isolated spot they were parked at in Clayville at about 8pm on Thursday night.

According to Matimulane the details of their ordeal resembled that of the Soweto man as they were also forced into the car, had their valuables taken and were then dumped in Midrand. There were three robbers and they were armed.

“As much as we would love to cover every nook and cranny of our area, the reality is we can’t. So we call anyone who parks their vehicle outside and after dark to desist as they are putting their lives in danger,” says the station commander of the Ivory Park SAPS, Brigadier David Mbongeni Ngcobo.

Jantji Ngwenyama

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