Chiefs player probed in hijack case

The car stolen during a hijacking in the Johannesburg CDB was found in a player’s parking spot.

The hijacking of an Ethiopian family on 16 November 2013 in Johannesburg CBD was captured on CCTV cameras and has since gone viral. Picture: YouTube.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police on Tuesday said they are investigating whether a Kaizer Chiefs footballer is linked to a possible hijack syndicate in the Johannesburg CBD.

Earlier in the day, the club confirmed an SUV stolen during a brazen hijacking in the inner-city last week was found in a complex and in a parking bay belonging to a player.

Earlier this month, four men robbed an Ethiopian family of their Toyota RAV4 at gunpoint on the corner of Commissioner Street and Crown Street.

The incident was caught on CCTV and went viral:

It is understood the stolen Toyota was recovered in Meredale, south of Johannesburg, on the same day the alleged hijackers were arrested.

Chiefs spokesperson Vina Maphosa said the sportsman was not in the country when the incident took place.

"We [the team] were out of the country. We were playing in Botswana on the week of the 14th, 15th and 16th."

Maphosa says it is unfortunate the Kaizer Chiefs brand has been dragged into this.

"The type of criminal that is involved is not what we'd like to be associated with as a club."

Police say while the player is under investigation, he is not an official suspect and cannot be named.

Four suspects will appear in court next week in connection with the crime.