Man dies in hijack capture

2010-11-24 00:00

A 55-YEAR-OLD member of a Netstar anti-hijacking crew died of a suspected heart attack after pursuing and helping to arrest a suspected hijacker in Pennington on Monday evening.

The saga started in Phoenix some hours earlier when a 37-year-old man is alleged to have hijacked a white Toyota Corolla. The car was recovered with its registration plates already changed to false ones.

At about 6 pm, a Netstar team picked up a signal from a stolen car in the Umzinto area and pursued it by helicopter and car.

The stolen vehicle was tracked via Park Rynie to Kelso along the R102.

The driver was cornered in the dead-end at Kelso station. The Netstar team homed in on the car and a suspect was seen running along the railway line to cross the river over the railway bridge. The Netstar car gave chase and caught the suspect on the R102 in Pennington.

He was handcuffed and taken back to the Toyota at Kelso station.

One of the Netstar team members, Mohamed Fazel Essop Bodhanya, collapsed after chasing and catching the suspect.

His partner summoned the chopper crew for assistance and they immediately applied CPR to revive Bodhanya, but he was certified dead at the scene. It is believed that he died of a heart attack.

The suspected stolen vehicle was impounded by Scottburgh police, who detained the suspect.

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