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'If you drive a Range Rover, you're in danger' - Police Minister Mbalula

2017-06-01 09:33

Janine Van der Post

DRIVING A RANGE ROVER? Police Minister Fikile Mbalula warns that Range Rover drivers are at risk of being hijacked. Image: Land Rover

UPDATE: Jaguar South Africa has responded to the Minister's comments

Cape Town - South Africa's Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is no stranger to social media and his tweets are often loaded with viral potential.

Earlier in May, a twitter user got more than she bargained for when her tweet caught the attention of Mbalula, after she inquired about obtaining a licence illegally.

READ: 'Where can I buy a driver's licence?' - Mbalula warns it's not like buying ngathi ligwinya (vetkoek)

On Wednesday (May 31), the Minister warns that local Range Rover owners could be 'in danger of being hijacked'. We've listed some of the most stolen vehicles in SA at the end of this article.

Warning to Ranger Rover owners

He posted on Twitter: "Alert: Criminals are on a hunt for Range Rover cars. If you drive a Range Rover car you are in danger of being hijacked, STAY ALERT."

Jaguar SA responds

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa said: "Jaguar Land Rover would like to thank Police Minister Mbalula for his concern for the safety of our customers. We share the Minister’s viewpoint that all South African motorists need to remain vigilant for their own safety.

"There is no supporting data to indicate that Range Rover models are more prone to theft and hijacking than other vehicles."


Range Rover owners - are you concerned about Minister Mbalula's tweet? Have you been a victim of hijacking in SA?Tell us your story via emailFacebook and Twitter.

Read some of Mbalula's followers tweets:

READ: Hijacking hotspots in SA - Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town & Durban

Earlier in 2017, vehicle tracking and recovery experts, C-track sent Wheels24 crime statistics in a presentation focusing on 'Hijacking and vehicle theft'. C-Track provided stats for January 2017 though its data also highlights crime trends through Jan - Dec 2016.

Working with Arrive Alive, the company has revealed the most targeted vehicles. 

Passenger vehicles stolen/hijacked:

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