Hijacked Durban man found after 3 days

2012-10-12 08:50
(Jay Reeves, AP)

(Jay Reeves, AP)

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Durban - A man who was hijacked in Hillcrest, outside Durban, has been found, the Witness reported on Friday.

Leon van Rensburg's family informed authorities on Thursday night that he had communicated with them and was being taken back to his New Germany home, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said.

Family spokesperson Rob Gardner said the 52-year-old called a family friend in Howick from Underberg to let his family know he was alive.

"They are all feeling pretty good. It's been a hard three days," Gardner said.

He said details of how Van Rensburg got to Underberg were still vague.

On Tuesday at 10:41 Van Rensburg sent an SMS to his daughter Megan, saying: "Help, hijacked".

Megan's cellphone was off at the time as she was still at school and she only received the message hours later.

According to The Witness, Van Rensburg's white Toyota Tazz was found on Wednesday abandoned on a farm near Kokstad.

- SAPA
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