40 SUSPECTS were arrested at a hijacked property in Doornfontein, east of Johannesburg this morning. The property was also handed over to the rightful owner.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Jeppestown Magistrate’s Court today. They will be charged for trespassing, malicious damage to property and contempt of court.
It is alleged that the property was recently hijacked by a number of people who forcefully took occupation and control of the property.
The owners then approached the High Court where an eviction order was granted in December last year. The eviction was executed and security personnel were hired to guard the property. However, the suspects attacked the security personnel and forcefully moved back into the property the next day.
The matter was then reported to the South African Police Service (Saps) and to the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) for investigation.
A sting operation was then conducted in the early hours of this morning by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) working together with GFIS.
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