Family’s second attack

2010-12-15 00:00

A WELL-KNOWN Shelly Beach woman who is a newspaper distribution contractor was shot and severely wounded on the N2 highway early yesterday morning.

Would-be hijackers apparently thought her empty van, in which she was going to pick up copies of Beeld at the Pavillion shopping centre, was transporting cigarettes.

The wounded 60-year-old Kotie Visser, whose family have been involved in distributing Beeld for the past 19 years, phoned her son Schalk jnr at about 3.30 am and told him she had been shot, and that the perpetrators were in the van.

Within 10 minutes Schalk Visser and another distribution contractor, Nicky Koole, reached Kotie Visser’s van.

By that time the assailants had realised the vehicle was empty and fled with Visser’s handbag.

Visser was taken to a Durban hospital, where paramedics described her condition at that stage as critical, but late yesterday afternoon a hospital spokesperson said that it had stabilised.

Four years ago Visser’s husband, Schalk snr (56), was shot and killed in a failed robbery attempt after his delivery van broke down near Durban International Airport. He was at that stage an employee of the South Coast Fever and also involved in the distribution of Beeld.

His son, who started delivering Beeld by bicycle as a standard three pupil in Phalaborwa, subsequently took over his father’s job.

He told The Witness yesterday evening that the would-be hijackers shot at his mother’s Mercedes Benz Sprinter and three bullets hit the driver’s door.

One of them hit her near the right armpit, grazed her lung and broke her shoulder, and finally lodged near her spine.

“The trucks used by the cigarette distribution companies look very similar to ours, and such a load of cigarettes would be worth between R1,5 million and R1,7 million. They most probably thought that my mom was transporting cigarettes.

“My wife is very worried. First it was my father. Now my mother. And I am still in the business.”

The Vissers are all residents of Shelly Beach. Kotie Visser’s daughter, Ilze Viljoen, rushed from Johannesburg yesterday to be with her mother.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane told The Witness that the assailants attacked Visser’s vehicle near Ilfracombe between Amanzimtoti and Scottburgh.

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