Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga Faces Distressing Car Hijacking
In a deeply distressing incident, the Department of Transport has confirmed that the Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, became the victim of a harrowing car hijacking.
Criminals employed a sinister strategy involving spikes to deflate the minister’s car tires, which brought her vehicle to a halt on the N3 highway between Vosloorus and Heidelberg.
This shocking event transpired during the early hours of a Monday morning as the minister was en route to Pretoria.
Minister and SAPS Protection Team Safe
Despite the ordeal, the good news is that both Minister Chikunga and her dedicated SAPS protection team emerged from this distressing incident unharmed and safe, averting what could have been a catastrophic situation.
The Department of Transport issued a statement expressing relief: “Both the Minister and her dedicated SAPS protection team emerged from this incident unharmed and safe.”
Ongoing SAPS Investigation
At present, the South African Police Service (SAPS) is actively investigating this alarming incident. Due to the ongoing nature of the inquiry, detailed information cannot be provided at this time.
The statement from the Department of Transport stated, “The matter is currently being investigated by the South African Police Service (SAPS), and as such, we are unable to provide further details.”
Minister’s Commitment Amidst Challenges
This incident underscores the challenges faced by public officials in carrying out their essential duties. Minister Chikunga remains resolute in her commitment to fulfilling her government responsibilities and is profoundly grateful for the overwhelming support she has received from her government colleagues and the people of South Africa.
This distressing event serves as a stark reminder of the paramount importance of ensuring the safety of public officials while they carry out their vital duties.