City woman hijacked after rear-end ‘accident’ in Sobantu

2008-12-08 00:00

A 39-year-old woman thought she had been involved in a straight forward road accident when her vehicle was rear-ended in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, but the crash was a ploy to hijack her.

Bongeka Majola from Lincoln Meade, was driving her VW Golf in Sobantu with her 69-year-old mother and two-year-old daughter when an Opal Kadett with three occupants rear-ended her vehicle.

“She alighted from her vehicle to inspect the damage and follow all the procedures that need to be followed during an accident.

“But one of the men pointed a firearm at her and hit her on the head with the [butt of the] gun,” said Majola’s husband, who didn’t want to give his first name.

The husband, who spoke to The Witness yesterday as Majola was still too weak to talk, said another man threatened the victims with a fishing knife.

When Majola’s mother realised that they were under attack, she tried to grab the key from the ignition, but another man kicked her in the face.

The man then forced Majola into her vehicle and they drove off.

In Promed Road, Willowton, they forced the three victims out of the vehicle.

“They physically threw my daughter out of the car and dragged my mother out before driving off,” said the husband.

Inside Majola’s vehicle there was R8 000 in cash, three Nokia cellphones and other personal belongings, which the criminals took.

Her businessman husband declined to say what she was doing with the large amount of cash in the vehicle.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said Majola’s vehicle was tracked to Molweni in Durban by the vehicle tracking company.

Jeevan has appealed to anyone with information about the hijacking to contact Detective Inspector Johannes van den Bank of the Mountain Rise Detective Services at 033 387 9622 or 084 653 4070, or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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