The family, including an 18-month old baby, survived an attempted hijacking at the Tea Estate in Inanda on Monday, 12 June.

Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) director Prem Balram said their officers responded to an attempted hijacking and shooting at approximately 13:48pm on the day.

RUSA officers with the family that survived the hijacking

“Upon arrival, officers were informed by the victim that two suspects, one who was armed with a .38 special revolver, attempted to hijack him of his Dodge Caliber,” said Balram.

He added that the suspects fired several shots at the driver while his 18 month old baby, 4-year-old daughter and his wife were in the vehicle.

“The victim returned fire at the suspects who abandoned the hijacking and fled into a nearby sugar cane plantation after running out of ammunition. The occupants of the vehicle were not injured during the incident,” said Balram.

Officers at the accident scene

Reaction officers conducted an extensive search for the suspects however they remain at large.