Beach a hijacking hot spot, cops warn

Mitchell’s Plain police are urging people to not park in isolated areas of the beach along Baden Powell after another hijacking on Monday April 3.

A man was at Mnandi Beach in Rocklands at 11.30pm, collecting seawater when two men approached him. He then closed the boot and got into the car.

Mitchell’s Plain spokesman Captain Ian Williams said the man noticed one of the men carrying an object that looked like a firearm. The man then used the object to knock on the car and asked the complainant to open the door.

“When the complainant opened the car door, the suspects took the car keys that were lying on the dashboard.

“They forced him out of the car before driving off with his vehicle,” he said.

The car is a blue VW Golf with registration CF 124 568. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Captain Williams said the Baden Powell beach strip included Mnandi Beach, Wolfgat Nature Reserve, Blue Waters and Strandfontein Pavilion. “We are warning people to not park there, especially late at night and in the early hours of the morning. People are most vulnerable to attacks as isolated spots become traps for them.”

Anyone with information about the incident can call Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or Mitchell’s Plain police on 021 370 1600 or 021 370 1782.

A 24-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of 152 whole mandrax tablets in Paulsberg Street in Tafelsig on Monday April 10.

This was the result of a tip-off received by the Mitchell’s Plain police’s crime prevention unit, that a man was selling drugs out of a car.

The mandrax has an estimated street value of R4 500.

Mitchell’s Plain station commander Brigadier Cass Goolam said SAPS would continue tirelessly to clamp down on crime in the area and thanked officers for their alertness and dedication.

“We urge the community to form part of the structures and to contact their respective sector commander with information,” he said.