A group of seven men who were caught on camera robbing three people in a car on the M2 on-ramp in Crown Mines, have been arrested, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.
The men were arrested in Midrand, Alexandra and Ga-Rankuwa in the early hours of Wednesday morning, spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said.
A Chinese man, his wife and sister were robbed on May 31 when the robbers veered in front of his vehicle on the on-ramp, forcing him to brake.
“One armed suspect, pointed them with a firearm and instructed them to get out of the vehicle. He told them to lie on the road as the suspect’s accomplices robbed them of three iPhones and R3 000 in cash,” Mogale said.
Police recovered an unlicensed firearm and a Porche watch, during the arrests.
A video of the incident was recorded by a dashboard-mounted camera in the victims’ car. It was posted on the Facebook account of Anton Koen on June 1.
Koen wrote: “PLEASE CIRCULATE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE. Lets get their faces out their [sic] so the police can either catch or hopefully kill them.”
The video was widely circulated on social media and viewed by more than 20 000 people on YouTube.
Shortly after getting onto the M2 East on-ramp off Main Reef Road, the white Jetta the attackers are travelling in stops in front of the victim’s car.
Four men, all armed, leap from the Jetta and disappear off camera to the side of the victims’ car. One of the robbers, wearing a purple T-shirt, a cap and gloves, gestures at motorists and appears to force them to stop.
Mogale said investigations were underway to ascertain whether the group was linked to any other crimes.
The Chinese CPF chairperson Mr Ng (吴少康) were glad to hear the news and promised to work closely with the SAPS to prevent crime in South Africa and in the community.