65 Zimbabweans were nearly hijacked aboard an Intercape bus at around 6.00 AM on Sunday. An unidentified number of pistol and rifle wielding men nearly commandeered the Bulawayo/Johannesburg bus near Hammanskraal, after the Carousel Toll gate, but the driver’s bravery made it impossible for the passengers to suffer the horror of being hijacked.
Passengers, who were still struggling to come to terms with the ordeal told iHarare that the hijackers were driving two VW GOLF cars, one red and another navy blue in colour.The criminals were impersonating police officers. One of the cars overtook the bus and stopped immediately in front of the bus, the other one blocked the bus at the back.
The robbers came out of their cars dressed in police attire, as they approached the bus, the brave Intercape bus driver started the bus and took off at a high-speed, taking the Hammanskraal off-ramp after the Carousel Toll gate towards Rusternburg. Fortunately when the bus reached the tollgate on the Rusternburg road, there was a police vehicle. After seeing the police car, the driver started hooting loudly to alert the cops.
By that time, the robbers were closing in on the bus, When they realised that there was a police presence, they made quick u-turns and fled.
Reinforcement cops were called and the bus was then escorted to Park Station by a police escort, getting to Park station at around 7:45AM.
One passenger told our News team that they suspect a man who had bought a ticket to Johannesburg but insisted on dropping off at Mussina as the prime suspect. Apparently after getting to Mussina, the man told the driver that he was no-longer going to Johannesburg and demanded his luggage.
There was a mini-argument with the driver and after a lot of insisting, he was given all his belongings. Suspicion is rife that this man might have overheard some female passengers who were en-route to England bragging about their belongings and He alerted his colleagues in South Africa.