Man’s jump to safety

2009-10-31 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man jumped out of his moving vehicle and escaped from armed hijackers who were driving his car on the N3 highway on Thursday evening.

Asjad Dawood (23) was driving home in his red VW Golf 4 at about 9.30 pm when three men armed with guns hijacked his car. “I was driving on Chatterton Road when a white Golf, with tinted windows and a Pietermaritzburg registration plate, pulled in front of me and three men jumped out and came towards me. They pointed guns at my windscreen and forced me to stop and they quickly jumped into my car”.

Dawood was ordered to drive into the city. He said the hijackers asked him if the car had an anti-hijack or tracker device. “I told them my car had no anti-hijack or tracker, but I think they did not believe me. They told me to stop and shoved me into the back seat.

“One of the hijackers took the steering and drove around town for about an hour … I think they were trying to see if the anti-hijack would deactivate.” He said the hijackers also took his cellphone, cash and debit cards.

Satisfied that their mission would not be disturbed, they drove out of the town and on to the N3 highway towards Durban. Dawood said he was shaking with fear as the car picked up speed on the freeway.

“I heard one of them saying ‘bulala’ [kill him] and the other one said no, I realised they only wanted the car, but there were no guarantees.

“I thought to myself, ‘I should jump if I get a chance’. When we were approaching the Mkondeni off-ramp, the car slowed down because of the road works there. I opened the door quickly and jumped off.”

Dawood said the car did not stop when he jumped out. “I ran as fast as I could without looking back, but as I was running I saw the white Golf again driving towards Durban.”

He ran from Mkondeni until he reached the 24-hour Spar in New England Road where he received help. “I saw paramedics who were there and told them what happened and they gave me a cellphone and I called home for assistance.”

Dawood said he is happy to be alive.“I am glad they didn’t hurt me, I feared for my life.”

The stolen Golf’s registration number is NP 2498.

Investigating officer Inspector Allister Farrington is appealing to anyone with information regarding the incident to call him at 033 845 2756 or 079 500 0125. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stop on the toll-free number 08600 10111.

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