Hijacking survivor speaks of his ordeal

2017-05-16 06:01
 Photo: nosipho mkhize‘Fever’ speaks to a hijacking survivor about his ordeal.

Photo: nosipho mkhize‘Fever’ speaks to a hijacking survivor about his ordeal.

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“ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings,” this is the advice many offer to avoid becoming a hijacking statistic, yet do these words really mean anything when you are in the situation.
Hillcrest Fever spoke to a hijacking survivor to find out what really went through his mind.

The 35-year-old survivor, who did not want to be named, said it all unfolded in a matter of seconds.

“It was an ordinary day for me, I was on my way to work around 5am. It was bright outside and as I reversed from the garage I noticed a car pull up at the stop street behind me. I waited in the driveway for them to take off, but they did not. I assumed they were courteous and were letting me drive off first.

“As I reversed onto the road, they began driving forward as well. The next thing I saw was three men get out of the vehicle and run towards mine. My mind was blank, I did not realise what was happening.

“The men pointed a firearm at my window and asked me to get out of the car. They ransacked my pockets and pushed me into the back seat and asked me to put my head between my legs.”

The survivor said he felt the firearms on his head, as the hijackers sped off with him in the back seat.

“A road which I travelled on for years seemed so different. All I could think of was my family and that I might never see them again. The men kept pushing the gun against my head and asking me for my bank pin number, which I gave.

“I felt helpless. They drove my car like it was a toy, just ramming it over speed humps. With a vision of my family in my mind, all I did was pray, hoping God will never let this happen to them.”

After what seemed like eternity, he said he heard a screech of the tyre and the door opened and he was flung out of the vehicle, unharmed.

“I went to a house on the street and asked for a phone to call home and tell them what happened. I was numb, but grateful to God to be alive,” he said.

He said that all the years of being cautious never really applies when you are put in the situation, and all one should do it never fight back.

“It is not worth the fight. Just remain calm and give them what they want.”

He also urged people to try and be a little proactive. “Cut the bottom of trees so you can see if anyone is crouching at the bottom. Reverse into a parking so that you have a better view getting into your car. This also allows you to exit the parking space in one quick move. 

“People who have electronic gates should also stop parallel to the gate rather than facing the gate. This gives them an opportunity to race off, should anyone approach their vehicle,” said the survivor.

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