Girls’ night out ends in terror

2010-06-14 00:00

THREE young Pietermaritzburg women are grateful to be safe after an incident on Thursday night that one of them describes on Facebook as “an attempted hijacking, rape or abduction”.

The three women, aged between 18 and 28, have asked not to be identified, but want their experience publicised as a warning.

According to an e-mail circulating in the city, another woman recently had a similar experience in similar circumstances and in the same vicinity.

Police have confirmed this.

The e-mail reads: “We went to karaoke at the Firkin on Thursday night and left at about 11 pm to go and draw money from the ATM at the Invesco Centre. We were going into town on Chatterton Road to join friends at Crowded House when suddenly a car came from nowhere travelling very fast without any headlights on. It was a dark blue, box-shaped ‘M’ series BMW with a lot of dents in it. We were in the right-hand lane and it came up alongside us on the left. I was in the front passenger seat and saw there were three men inside. They had a good look at us, so they knew it was just three girls in the car.

“On the blind rise the car bumped us, but our driver was able to correct the car and drive on. Then they hit us again, hard, and our car hit the island in the middle of the road. They then pulled up ahead of us and stopped. The other two wanted to get out and find out what was going on because our car was damaged, but I knew something wasn’t right. Then two of the men got out and started running very fast towards our car. I shouted at our driver to reverse as she was in shock.

“She started reversing slowly as the road was wet and the third person in the back helped guide her. The men kept coming and were catching up to us, so I told her to go faster. They started hitting the bonnet of the car. Then they pulled out guns and that’s when I got really scared. I hid under the dashboard and told the driver to use the accelerator — even if we hit another car at least there would be other people involved.

“The men saw we were getting away so they ran back to their car and followed us. We took the shor­test way possible, past the McDonald’s, to Franki Bananaz to get help. I jumped out of the car and ran inside — the people there were very helpful. The security guard said a car like the one involved in the incident drove up, but sped off when they saw there were people helping us.

“We called 10111 several times, but it was engaged, so I phoned my dad, who called the police. He arrived to help us before the police did. They said they know the car we described and have been looking for it for a long time.”

Police reportedly declined to open a case, saying they would get back to the women if anything further should happen.

According to a SA Police Force spokesperson, the police are aware of this incident. “We have received other complaints of a similar nature about a vehicle fitting the description … and we are following up on the information received.”

They started hitting the bonnet of the car. Then they pulled out guns and that’s when I got really scared.

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