Fake hijack dad 'a broken man'

2012-10-22 08:24
Leon van Rensburg (Supplied)

Leon van Rensburg (Supplied)

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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal man who was on the run from police after allegedly staging his kidnapping and hijacking was a broken man, worried about his troubled marriage and feared losing his family.

While his family thought he had been hijacked, Leon van Rensburg checked into a remote backpackers lodge in the Drakensberg under a false name, revealed the Sunday Tribune.

Lodge owner Stephen Black said Van Rensburg had told him about the problems in his marriage.

“You could tell by looking at him that he was drained. It seemed from what he told me that he was a bit estranged from his wife but they still lived together. I think it was one of his stresses, he said he was very worried about losing his family,” he said.

After seeing a newspaper and realising who Van Rensburg was, Black talked to him and told him to come clean.

“He was shocked that I had found out who he really was. I think he had no idea what kind of mess he had [got] himself into.”

Black said Van Rensburg was “a fantastic guy” who was never aggressive and probably “just in a bad place”.  

“I felt really sad for the guy and worse when the police arrived….I have thought about what my daughter would have done if I had sent her a fake SMS like he did. I shudder at the thought because it’s almost unforgivable,” he said.

Van Rensburg’s family was said to be struggling to cope with the latest turn of events, which have seen him become a fugitive from the law and threatening to commit suicide.

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