Doctor called wife before hijacking
Fanie van Rooyen, Beeld
Johannesburg - A respected dermatologist who was shot in cold blood by hijackers in Riviera, Pretoria on Friday, had been on the phone to his wife minutes before his death, telling her he was on his way home.
“We usually go out on a Friday night but he was working late and called me at 19:55 to say we shouldn’t go to bed because he was on his way,” said Brenda Moche, 40, on Sunday.
Her husband, Dr John Moche, 41, was head of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital’s dermatology unit. He was attacked by hijackers and killed in front of an apartment building in Viljoen Street at about 20:30 on Friday.
Brand new Range Rover
Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said Moche and a 33-year-old nurse were in his brand new Range Rover, barely a kilometre from the hospital, when a gang of hijackers opened the doors and pulled them from the car.
The hijackers were armed with .38 Special revolvers.
"One of the hijackers shot Dr Moche in the left chest,” said Dlamini.
The hijackers sped off in the Range Rover.
“Paramedics were called to the scene but Moche had already died,” said Dlamini.
The Range Rover, which Moche had bought only two weeks ago, was found abandoned in Atteridgeville.
Dlamini said the nurse was badly traumatised.
Police were not yet able to get her statement.
'Had a bright future ahead of him'
Executive head of the Steve Biko hospital Dr Ernest Kenoshi, who was also a friend of Moche’s, said on Sunday it was possible that Moche had given the nurse a lift because many of the hospital staff members live in apartments near the hospital and in that street.
“It is a big shock for me because I spoke at length to him about several issues shortly before 20:00,” said Kenoshi, who was also working late that evening.
“He sent me two e-mails at 20:01 about issues which we had been discussing. At 20:50 I received a call to say he had been shot and was lying in Viljoen Street.”
Kenoshi rushed to the scene.
“Paramedics were already trying to resuscitate him but he had no pulse. They tried to save his life for almost an hour but he was declared dead at about 21:30.”
Kenoshi said he had gotten to know Moche well since he appointed him as head of the dermatology unit in 2009.
“I often played golf with him. He was one of the hospital’s stars and still had a bright future ahead of him.”
Moche’s wife said their two daughters, Koketso, 21, and Masego, 14, as well as their son Bokang, 7, were devastated by the news of their father’s death and were received counselling from a psychologist.
“I have known him since I was 15 years old and we had been married for 12 years. We basically spent our whole lives together.”
“He was a very devoted, loving person and an absolutely wonderful man.”
The hijackers are still on the run.