Police warn e-hailing drivers to use discretion when called out to Vista University

Image: Shutterstock/Judex

Image: Shutterstock/Judex

SAPS Algoa Park police are warning e-hailing drivers to use their discretion and to act with caution when responding to calls for pick-ups at Vista University in Missionvale.

Colonel Priscilla Naidu, police spokesperson, said this warning comes after two e-hailing drivers were allegedly hi-jacked outside the campus while waiting for their “clients”.

“In the latest incident, at about 20:00 last night, 23 July the complainant received a request to pick up a person from the university who needed to be taken to Summerstrand. While he was engaging with the security at the gate, a man approached him from behind and opened his front door of his Ford Figo. The person produced a firearm and demanded the vehicle and his cellphone,” Naidu said.

A second suspect appeared and the complainant jumped out and the suspects drove off in his car towards Izinyoka.

“Both vehicles were recovered in the Izinyoka area.”

Police are advising e-hailers to use their discretion or to avoid any pick-ups outside the campus as it is a hotspot for vehicle hijackings.