Another scottsville hijacking

2013-06-20 00:00

A 27-YEAR-OLD Scottsville resident who was hijacked on Tuesday evening initially thought the gunmen were “playing” with him.

Thabani Mkhize was standing next to his car in Escombe Road, Scottsville, talking to a friend, when they were approached by three gunmen.

“The key was in the ignition as we were playing music standing next to the car. We saw three men approaching and we did not suspect a thing.

“When they were next to the car they started pointing firearms at me and demanded the car keys and our cellphones. My friend ran for help and one of the guys followed him,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize is the deputy director of policy and planning in the Department of Agriculture.

He told The Witness that at first he thought the gunmen were just playing with them, or were known to Ngcobo.

However, when they pointed a firearm at him, he realised he was being hijacked.

“I did not fight back as I was too shocked. I am happy that I am still in one piece and alive.

“My friend was not hurt. It would have devastated my family if something bad had happened. Now I will be able to tell them that the car is back and I am not hurt,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize, who has lived in Scottsville for the past 12 years, said he has never been robbed in this area before, but had heard about crimes in the area.

He was happy that his car was recovered later in Mpumalanga township.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said they were still investigating and there had been no arrests.

A number of hijackings have been reported recently in the Scottsville area.

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