Hoodlums wound newspaper delivery man, steal bakkie

2015-09-03 11:15
Falakhe Mgwaba (59), a delivery man for The Witness, was shot during a hijacking incident on Tuesday night.

Falakhe Mgwaba (59), a delivery man for The Witness, was shot during a hijacking incident on Tuesday night. (Ian Carbutt)

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A WITNESS delivery man ­became the target of gun-wielding hijackers who shot him in the leg before escaping with his ­vehicle on Tuesday night.

Falakhe Mgwaba (59), who drives a delivery van for The Witness, started his evening as he does every night — fetching his newspaper runner from the France township before heading back into town to collect newspapers for delivery in the Wembley area.

This time, while Mgwaba was waiting outside his runner’s home just before midnight, he was confronted by three men who hauled him from his vehicle, a Nissan bakkie, before ­punching and kicking him while he scrambled on the ground.

Two of the men, reportedly dressed in hooded jackets, ­demanded Mgwaba give them his cellphone.

The third man climbed into the bakkie and tried to start it.

When Mgwaba overpowered one of the men, he was shot in the leg.

The man in the bakkie ­managed to start it and all three assailants escaped with the ­vehicle, leaving Mgwaba lying on the ground.

Mgwaba yesterday said he was still terrified after the incident.

“I thought I was going to die.”

“I overpowered one of them who tried to take my phone. He then shot me and left me lying helplessly on the ground.”

Weeping, Mgwaba said it would take him years to forget the incident.

“I don’t know if I going to be able to go to that area again,” said Mgwaba.

The owner of the vehicle, James Mshibe, said in his 15 years in the industry, none of his ­employees had ever been hijacked before. “I will miss my car. We had a healthy three-year ­relationship,” Mshibe said

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