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Taxi drivers warned over carjackers

Tsitsi Matope
Maseru

The police are urging public transport drivers to be alert following two recent carjacking incidents, which happened in Maseru.
In both incidents, the drivers were lured to Ha-Foso and subsequently forced to take the criminals to Mohokare River at gunpoint.

Senior Superintendent Mofokeng KoloAccording to the District Commissioner for Maseru Urban, Senior Superintendent Mofokeng Kolo, upon arrival at the Mohokare River, the victims had their hands tied behind their backs, before being abandoned.
“What happened was at around 12 midday, the driver and conductor of the minibus were hired by two men who indicated that they wanted to collect some school-children in Ha-Foso and take them on a trip to Thaba-Bosiu.
“On their way to Ha-Foso, they picked two more men, and said they were also part of the trip.
“But the two victims realised they had been tricked when, after they arrived in Ha-Foso, one of the suspects pointed a gun at them and ordered the driver to head towards the Mohokare River.
“The two were dumped at the river before the criminals drove away with the minibus,” Kolo said.

In a separate carjacking incident, a 4+1 taxi-driver was hired in the city centre by a man who appeared unable to walk due to sickness at around 5pm on Monday last week. The man said he wanted to be taken to Ha-Foso, Kolo said.
“When the sick man arrived where the taxi was supposed to drop him, two armed men suddenly appeared and got into the car.

During the scuffle with the armed men, the driver indicated his client, who a few minutes ago could hardly walk, bolted out of the taxi and took to his heels.”

Again the taxi driver was ordered to drive to Mohokare River, where he was abandoned with both his hands fastened.
“We suspect there is a syndicate preying on public transport drivers. All drivers should be aware that not all ‘specials’ are genuine and Ha-Foso appears to be an area the criminals have chosen to take their victims. However, this does not mean other destinations are safe. The drivers should just be vigilant.”

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