JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg’s “most wanted property hijacker” and his two alleged accomplices, implicated in eight cases of property hijacking in the city, have been arrested, City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Saturday.
The three would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on 4 January, he said.
“It is alleged that this kingpin approached unsuspecting tenants residing in properties around Joburg and introduced himself as an investigator. He would then state that the true owners of the properties were hijackers and that the tenants should not co-operate with them. Further, he would instruct the tenants not to pay any rent to the owners but to him instead.”
The same modus operandi was used earlier this year when the alleged kingpin and his co-accused attempted to hijack a building in Jeppestown. The owners of the property informed the city’s