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    E-hailing driver arrested for lying to cops about this…

    An e-hailing driver is facing charges of perjury for reporting a fake hijacking and hostage to the police.

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    A man, 41, arrived at the Phoenix Community Service Centre on Sunday morning at around 10:00. He told the police that he wants to report a case of hijacking.

    The man told the police that he is an e-hailing driver. He said on Friday, he picked up a passenger on Hillhead Road in Phoenix, said police spokesperson Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo.

    “Whilst on the route, he was robbed of his vehicle and held hostage at an unknown location.”

    Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo

    The driver then alleged that he finally managed to escape the hostage situation on Saturday night. He then arrived at the Phoenix police station to report a case of hijacking, said Ngcobo.

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    The alleged hijacked car was actually parked outside Isipingo police station. PHOTO: Google Maps

    Police interviewed the driver on the hijacking and hostage matter. But it was established that the car he alleged to be hijacked was actually parked at Isipingo police station.

    The keys were thrown at the railway line at Alice Street before he opened the false case, Ngcobo said.

    “The [driver] took police officers to Alice Street, where the keys were recovered and then to the Isipingo police station, where the vehicle that he reported as hijacked was recovered,” said Ngcobo.

    The driver was immediately arrested and the alleged hijacked car was impounded for investigation.

    He appeared before the Phoenix Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning. He faces charges of perjury and defeating the ends of justice.

    “We would like to warn the members of the public to refrain from opening false cases. It is punishable by law to open such cases and police have uncovered a large number of such cases,” Ngcobo said.

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