Cape Town Metro Police officers assisted with the recovery of a hijacked City of Cape Town vehicle on Monday, 2 August 2021.
The Toyota Avanza was hijacked at gun point at the intersection of Govan Mbeki Road and Symphony Way in the Philippi area.
Metro Police officers were dispatched and with the assistance of a tracker, the vehicle was recovered in Philippi East.
Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith said this is the second hijacked vehicle recovered within days in the same area.
He said officers recovered an Avanza on the 16 July 2021 with all City markings and number plates removed.
“The thieves used the same modus operandi. This area has become a hotspot, and the hijackers are incredibly brazen. We urge the motoring public to be extra cautious in this area, but also in general,” Smith said.
The police officer was travelling with his family when they came under fire at about 1.30pm.
Police spokesperson André Traut said the officer was approached by four armed suspects who attempted to hijack his vehicle.
Shots were exchanged and in the process the police officer was wounded and two of the suspects sustained fatal gunshot wounds.
The other two managed to escape.