Businessman’s ‘hijack’ terror

2010-02-18 00:00

A PROMINENT local businessman is still in shock after a charcoal grey Mercedes Benz C200 Kompressor with blue lights on the back and front, forced the car he was travelling in off the road and tried to handcuff him.

On Tuesday at 6.25 pm the shaken businessman, who asked to remain anonymous, along with two younger relatives, had just left their business premises in the city centre when they made a sudden stop in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street to close the boot of their car, which was accidentally left open. He was in the passenger seat while the third man was at the back.

In Manning Avenue the Mercedes Benz, with registration plate NUR 9503, with its blue lights flashing, approached from the rear and then blocked their way.

Four men in full police uniform carrying assault rifles jumped out of the vehicle, one directing traffic from behind while the other three went to the front passenger door.

“These guys flashed their police identity cards, but it wasn’t easy to make out their faces because they were so quick. They opened my uncle’s door and one took out handcuffs and started to put them on my uncle’s wrist. Without being told what we had done wrong, they handcuffed my uncle. I just felt that something was not right and instinctively pulled my uncle’s arm from the man’s grip and accelerated at the same time,” related the driver of the victim’s car.

He said the men appeared to be between the ages of 18 and 23.

After pulling off, the driver drove towards the Mountain Rise police station while the Mercedes Benz pursued them, but as they were nearing the police station the Mercedes turned around and disappeared. The matter was reported to the police.

The man said they were still not sure of the motive for the incident.

At 3.48 pm on the same day the same Mercedes was captured on CCTV cameras driving around the block near to the business premises owned by the victim. It came along Church Street, turned into Retief and drove down Langalibalele Streets. At 6.30 pm it was captured again driving past the shop just as the businessman left the premises.

Safe City general manager Lucas Holtzhausen could not reveal whether they have footage of the incident.

He said he could only release information to the public after it has been released to police investigators.

“At this stage … I cannot give you any information on this matter,” he said.

The Witness traced the vehicle as one registered under an Umhlanga Rocks resident’s name whose contact numbers could not be found. It was not reported as stolen.

Police spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe confirmed the incident and said a case of attempted robbery was under investigation.

She also confirmed that the vehicle had blue lights and no arrests have been made.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.