Blue light hijack horror

2011-10-12 00:00

A DURBAN businessman and his wife had their vehicle shot at six times before they were hijacked for the sixth time, by five gunmen men near Harding outside Port Shepstone recently.

The traumatised couple, who have asked not to be named, were on their way to the Eastern Cape on September 29 when they became entangled in the hijack drama, which lasted for about 10 hours.

The husband said at about 3 am, while they were driving between Izingolweni and Harding on the N2, a car with a blue light appeared behind their luxury vehicle. It was flashing its headlights.

“At first I thought it wanted to pass so I continued driving but moved over. It did not pass but continued flashing its lights. I said to my wife this was not a police vehicle so I continued driving. After a few seconds the car pulled up next to me and the occupants started shooting at us.

“After a number of shots, possibly six, had been fired into my car I pulled over,” said the victim.

He said five men ordered them out of their vehicle at gunpoint, threatening to kill them if they tried anything.

The couple were pushed into the gunmen’s Nissan hatchback with two gunmen joining them at the back while two got into the front.

The fifth man drove the couple’s vehicle. The vehicles were driven towards Izingolweni and drove along a gravel road for about 10 minutes before they stopped, and the couple were told to get out. Their wallets and cellphones, the wife’s rings and the husband’s pocket knife were taken.

“They demanded the pin codes for our bank accounts and threatened to rape us and kill us both if the pins were incorrect … they unhitched the trailer I was pulling and tied our hands behind our backs and forced us back into the hijackers’ vehicle, keeping our heads down. We drove for a while and I noticed a Port Edward sign. We stopped at a Shell Ultra City in Umgababa where they withdrew money from our accounts at about 5.45 am,” he said.

They left the garage and made a number of stops on the way. At some point they put in petrol for R150 at a Caltex garage. They drove to Glenmore store and then to a house with pink sliding gates where they parked next to two minibus taxis.

“A young man of about 18 came and sat in the car and at one stage he said he was sorry but we would be okay if we co-operated,” he said.

Another man reversed the car into an open car park. Shortly aftewards they heard a helicopter. Another man got into the car, parked it along the road and locked the hostages inside. As the men escaped police rescued the hostages.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the helicopter was following the vehicle’s tracker system. He said the suspects got away and no arrests have been made.

A relative said the couple had been hijacked five times before.

• chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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