Bakkie hijacking ends in crash

Two people were arrested after crashing a hijacked Coke bakkie into a security van in Northpine

Two young men are in custody after a hijacked bakkie smashed head-on into a security van in Northpine, following a car chase.

The drama started when a Coca Cola sales rep was hijacked in Khayelitsha on Wednesday morning August 2. Peninsula Beverages’ Priscilla Urquhart said the rep was “traumatised” but otherwise unhurt.

Then, shortly after noon, a Bothasig police officer spotted the Nissan bakkie being driven recklessly in Kraaifontein.

A chase followed, and the bakkie ducked into Northpine, where a SJC Security vehicle joined the chase.

SJC is the newly-appointed security contractor for the Northpine City Improvement District.

“They passed our control room and our staff heard the commotion,” SJC’s Charl du Toit said.

The cornered driver tried to get away by turning into oncoming traffic, and he drove the bakkie head-on into the SJC van, badly injuring the security officer.

The suspects abandoned the smashed bakkie on the corner of Brooklands Crescent and Northpine Drive and tried to flee on foot, but the one was caught by the Bothasig detective and the other by residents.

Kraaifontein police then took both into custody.

Provincial police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said two suspects, aged 17 and 22, would appear in court once they had been charged. The SJC driver was discharged from hospital on Wednesday with neck and head injuries.

“He will be off duty for two to three weeks,” Mr Du Toit said.