June 09 2008 at 01:52PM
Hijackers are using pool acid to attack motorists, KwaZulu-Natal police warned on Monday.
Spokesperson Superintendent Zandra Wiid said in a recent case in Rivonia, a motorist had stopped at a traffic light when a well-dressed man approached the car.
"He used a syringe and sprayed pool acid on the victim's face. He suffered severe burns," she said.
Wiid said police in other provinces had been alerted to the new method.
Although no such cases had been reported in KwaZulu-Natal, Wiid said motorists had to be aware of the new tactic.
"Motorists should be careful and not wind down their windows for anyone and keep all doors locked. It is important to always be alert," she said. - Sapa