Sechaba hijacked and left for dead

By Drum Digital
11 November 2015

The Gospel crooner was a happy camper driving back (home) to Gauteng but no one would have imagined a hijacking that nearly put an end to his life was waiting for him.

BY Mpho Tshikhudo

Gospel star Sechaba Pali had a great showing at the Peace & Safety concert at the Mmabatho Convention Centre on Saturday where he played alongside crowd-pleasers such as Winnie Mashaba and the esteemed MTN Joyous Celebration. But on his way home to Johannesburg the next day the Gospel crooner was hijacked and left for dead.

Sechaba was driving near Hammanskraal on Sunday when he picked up two female hitchhikers.

“I was driving alone around 9 pm when I noticed two ladies hitchhiking,” Sechaba says when Drum visits him at the hospital. “They asked if I was driving towards Jubilee mall and I was keen to give them a lift.

“The moment they got into the car, I realised there were two men with them. The ladies told me the men were their boyfriends.”

At this stage Sechaba was at an intersection waiting for the traffic light to turn green. “I remember what felt like a blunt object hitting me on my head. It knocked me out. I remember waking up in a ditch with my hands tied and feeling drowsy. At the time, I didn’t even know I was in Soshanguve.

“I have no recollection of what happened, but my mouth was muffled with sticky substance and, it seems, I was drugged.”

Thanks to his will to live he limped to the nearest highway. “I remember waking up helpless,” he says. “By now it was morning. I heard the sound motorcars driving past in the distance and my survival instincts just kicked I limped all the way to the highway.

“When I got to the highway I got help from a stranger  -  a truck driver -  and I’ll always be grateful to him. Through his help I was admitted at Jubilee Hospital in Hammanskraal.

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