Two brave residents of Isipingo in KwaZulu Natal have exemplified the community’s determination to combat crime and reclaim their power.
In a recent hijacking incident, the victims fought back against the armed suspects, resulting in the deaths of two hijackers. This display of unity and resistance serves as a testament to the unwavering resolve of the people of Isipingo to safeguard themselves against criminal elements.
The incident took place on Delta Road when a member of the public was dropping off his friend at his home. Upon returning to his vehicle, the man noticed three armed men approaching him.
In an effort to defend himself, he took out his firearm and fired at the suspects. His friend also joined in, firing at the assailants. One suspect managed to escape with the driver of a Toyota Etios, while another fled in the victim’s Toyota Fortuner.
A passerby driving a VW Polo was also targeted by the suspects, but he returned fire from inside his vehicle. The owner of the Fortuner and the passerby chased after the fleeing suspect, who eventually stopped the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.
However, he was shot and died at the scene. Another suspect was found dead on Delta Road, where the hijacking occurred. The remaining two suspects are still at large, but law enforcement officers are confident that they will be apprehended soon.
The Isipingo SAPS communications officer, Cnst Donald Naidoo, emphasized that this incident should send a strong message to criminals who view Isipingo as a playground.
He stated, “Enough is enough. It’s time we take back Isipingo to make it a safe environment for our children and the elderly. We want a crime-free Isipingo.”
This sentiment is echoed by Junaid Iqbal, the Chairperson of the Community Policing Forum, who highlighted the community’s united front against crime.
A task team, comprising members of the CPF, SAPS, Metro Police, and security forces, is being formed to work together in making Isipingo a crime-free community.