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PTA attempted hijacking caught on camera

An eyewitness apparently recorded the incident on her phone and posted it on YouTube.

A screenshot of a video showing an attempted hijacking in Rubenstein Drive, Moreleta Park.

JOHANNESBURG - A video showing an attempted hijacking in Rubenstein Drive, Moreleta Park has emerged.

An eyewitness apparently recorded the incident on her phone and posted it on YouTube.

In the video, the criminals, posing as police officers, can be seen forcing the driver of a black BMW X5 and his passenger out of the vehicle.

The would-be hijackers were driving a white BMW.

A struggle ensued between the hijackers and the driver. They then try force the driver into the getaway car but he successfully breaks free and seeks help.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Dave Miller said the men fired two shots in their unsuccessful attempt to steal the vehicle and then fled the scene.

No one was hurt during the incident.

Police bulletproof vests, reflector jackets, a blue light and two R5 rifles were subsequently recovered in an abandoned vehicle in Tembisa, shortly after it was used in the failed hijacking attempt.

Santi Steinmann, Netcare 911 spokesperson, said paramedics treated an eyewitness at the scene for shock.

Last week, a video was posted on Youtube showing smash-and-grab on the corner of Cambridge and Witkoppen Roads in Sandton.

The video captures a man who seems to be casually begging, waving at different cars and walking past a white Land Rover.

When the car stops at the robot, the man reappears and seems to be begging at the car's window again, before throwing an unidentifiable object at the window.

He then smashes through the window and puts half his body in the car in an attempt to get the driver's belongings before making his escape into some bushes over a traffic barrier.

According to Craig Jennings, the man whose dashboard camera recorded the footage, the robber made away with the drivers' cellphone and the broken glass had cut her arm.

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