‘Hijack dad’ in Durban hospital

2012-10-27 00:00

THE New Germany dad who cried wolf and staged a hijacking before fleeing police has been moved to a Durban hospital from Cape Town.

Leon van Rensburg popped up in a medical facility in the Mother City sometime last weekend after learning of an imminent arrest warrant with his name on it.

He had fled Durban on October 17 after dumping his car in the underground parking at the International Convention Centre in the city.

Police were poised to take him into custody to question him about events a week before when he disappeared, leaving his 15-year-old daughter Megan a cellphone message saying he had been hijacked.

Van Rensburg (52) reappeared unharmed two days later on October 11 in Underberg. His car had been found a day before in Kokstad.

A statement given by him to police raised suspicions after discrepancies were detected in his account of the so-called hijacking at the hands of two men.

The discrepancies led police to secure an arrest warrant, at which point Van Rensburg fled.

Family released a statement soon after, expressing bafflement at Van Rensburg’s actions, but hinted at emotional problems.

Apart from that, his motives have yet to be unearthed but media reports have suggested domestic problems were behind his actions.

Weekend Witness was told that Van Rensburg was admitted to Tygerberg Hospital, but on Thursday the hospital said it had no record of him.

The same day Van Rensburg was moved to a hospital closer to home, but police refused to say which one.

“Once his health condition improves, he will be arrested,” said police spokesperson Thulani Zwane.

In a follow-up e-mail, Zwane said Van Rensburg was moved by his family at their cost. Zwane failed to answer questions on whether it was not risky allowing him such free movement.

Van Rensburg’s ailments or injuries are unknown, and the family have cut off all contact with the media. Family spokesperson Rob Gardner abruptly ended a call yesterday.

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