Hijacked woman dies in priest’s car
Jonathan Erasmus, Zululand Fever
Empangeni - A woman who was shot three times by hijackers in Empangeni before they made off in her Hyundai panel van died on Monday while being transported to hospital by a local priest, the Zululand Fever reports.
However, thanks to a quick response by the Empangeni SAPS, along with two vehicle recovery companies and Zululand Business Against Crime, two suspected hijackers were arrested, and a firearm and the vehicle recovered.
According to a spokesperson speaking on behalf of both the Tracker and Cartrack Vehicle Recovery operations based in Zululand, the woman was fatally wounded between 06:30-7:00 in a rural area within the Ntambanana Municipality.
"We were alerted to the hijacking in conjunction with the Empangeni SAPS task team and flying squad when a priest found the still-alive victim.
"He loaded her into his private vehicle and drove for Empangeni to admit her to hospital.
"Unfortunately she passed away [approximately 10km away from the hospital]," said the vehicle recovery spokesperson.
The vehicle, which was monitored by Cartrack, was recovered in Ongoye Reserve at 12:00, about 50km from the initial hijacking site.
The spokesperson said a helicopter was used to search for the vehicle.
He said the suspects, who werent nearby the vehicle when it was found, had already begun stripping the Hyundai H100.
The resident of the property where the vehicle was parked was questioned and may be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
After questioning numerous residents, two suspects were found near the University of Zululand at about 16:00.
A .38 Special was also recovered with three discharged cartridges in its chamber.
According to SAPS spokesperson Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose the investigation is still ongoing.
It is unclear whether more arrests will be made. The priest could not be reached for comment.