A suspect is still on the loose after allegedly robbing a passenger at knife point of over R10 000’s worth of valuables and R2500 cash. Police urge travellers to be wary of unknown cars without markings in Welkom after this unfortunate incident.
According to Captain Stephan Thakeng, the 24-year-old victim was with his friend waiting for a taxi in Constantia Road, Reitz Park before the robbery took place on Friday. “While waiting a black VW GTi stopped in front of them and the complainant told the driver that he was going to Hennenman. The suspect agreed to take him to Hennenman. The passenger paid R150 cash while the driver requested him to pay R200. He drove past Riebeeckstad towards Hennenman, then suddenly the driver stopped and parked under the trees beside the road,” said Thakeng.
This was before the suspect had allegedly searched the victim at knife point. The suspect made away with not just money and cell phones but the victim’s ID, bank card and a jersey. Thakeng stated that no arrests have been made yet but police are still looking for the alleged perpetrator.
He urges commuters to avoid unmarked taxis and to be aware of the details of a vehicle before stepping into it. “Residents are sternly warned not to climb into any unknown car that looks like a taxi. A taxi must be clearly marked and must have a registration numbers. Before getting into a taxi, make sure that you have seen the registration numbers of the car and you have memorised them correctly,” explained Thakeng. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele