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'Hitchhikers' hijack Eastern Cape man

2011-04-14 12:44

East London - A motorist has been robbed by two hijackers posing as hitchhikers, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.

Captain Jackson Manatha said the 42-year-old driver was giving the men a lift from Dutywa to Butterworth on Wednesday when they pulled out pistols and ordered him to get out of his maroon Toyota Avanza. They then pistol-whipped him.

"After they assaulted him, they took his car and sped off from the scene," said Manatha.

 

Comments
  • Angie005 - 2011-04-14 13:02

    Well maybe he should not pick up hitchhikers who pay R10.00 for a lift.

      daaivark - 2011-04-14 13:13

      Ah, but that is the sad thing. The driver was being kind, as people should be. The tragedy is that people now stop being kind.

      K@K Praat? - 2011-04-14 13:16

      Yes ..... Now they can walk !

      Andries - 2011-04-14 13:34

      How would you know the price, or if they do pay?

  • daaivark - 2011-04-14 13:12

    In the late 60s I hitch-hiked everywhere. Long-distance from Durban to Cape Town (through what was then known as the TRanskei as well as the Bloem route); Durban to Joburg; even throughout Zimbabwe. Lived in a village outside Durban and would hitch to gigs in the city and home in the wee hours. It was safe and drivers, on the whole were safe. Sure, it gave my parents grey hairs, but this sort of thing, although it did happen was rare. OK, one night going home some guy tried to fondle my legs, but I simply got out of the moving car and got another lift. Now I would NEVER pick up anyone, no matter what the circumstances look like, unless I have my son in the bakkie and the hiker rides on the back. And I will NEVER stop for someone at night. Not long ago an acquaintance stopped to help what appeared to be an injured man and he got hijacked and dumped in the bush after being chloroformed. I see this as immensely sad, as teenagers immediately lose a cheap way of getting about, because some scumbags couldn't care less for life or death.

  • daaivark - 2011-04-14 13:12

    In the late 60s I hitch-hiked everywhere. Long-distance from Durban to Cape Town (through what was then known as the TRanskei as well as the Bloem route); Durban to Joburg; even throughout Zimbabwe. Lived in a village outside Durban and would hitch to gigs in the city and home in the wee hours. It was safe and drivers, on the whole were safe. Sure, it gave my parents grey hairs, but this sort of thing, although it did happen was rare. OK, one night going home some guy tried to fondle my legs, but I simply got out of the moving car and got another lift. Now I would NEVER pick up anyone, no matter what the circumstances look like, unless I have my son in the bakkie and the hiker rides on the back. And I will NEVER stop for someone at night. Not long ago an acquaintance stopped to help what appeared to be an injured man and he got hijacked and dumped in the bush after being chloroformed. I see this as immensely sad, as teenagers immediately lose a cheap way of getting about, because some scumbags couldn't care less for life or death.

  • K@K Praat? - 2011-04-14 13:14

    LOL IDIOT!!! This is Crime Central!! Wake up!

  • leigh.ridgway - 2011-04-14 13:38

    @Kak Praat, you are doing exactly what your name suggests! daaivark was talking about the 'goold old days' long before this country became 'crime central'. Doos!

      K@K Praat? - 2011-04-14 15:52

      leigh.rigid..... Please,if you can,open your eyes and have a look at the layout of this forum.You will find that I commented on the article and not on what daaivark said.... Oh yes! you look very pretty......what did you say about DOOS?

  • leigh.ridgway - 2011-04-14 13:38

    @Kak Praat, you are doing exactly what your name suggests! daaivark was talking about the 'goold old days' long before this country became 'crime central'. Doos!

  • John - 2011-04-14 13:42

    This is South Africa in 2011. You don't pick up hitchhikers.

  • leeupan - 2011-04-14 13:51

    This crime is a pity....leason: do NOT pick up strangers.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-04-14 13:59

    Unfortunately for the innocent ones I dont ever pick up hitchhikers. Dont wanna face the consequences later. Funny thing sometimes you look at a hitchhiker and see the innocence and suddenly you are in 2 minds but hey still not gonna take that chance.

  • ridgeback60 - 2011-04-14 14:42

    I can relate to your experiences as a young hiker. I hitched around Ireland 4 Christmasses ago, and was lifted wherever I was found. Eventually, I was 4 days ahead of schedule, no funny stuff, no winks or nudges (ok, so I was 56 grey old duck) just pride in themselves and their country. They are so solid in their identity that being hurt by any of the drivers just never entered my mind. In SA, I often picked up servicemen next to the road. These days it's byebye blackbird.

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