‘Men who asked for a lighter hijacked me’

2009-07-16 00:00

A WOMAN was hijacked by two men armed with a gun and dumped in the sugar cane fields near Umlaas Road on Wednesday. “I thought I was going to die ... but when he told me he was not going to kill me, they just wanted my car, I did not know what to do,” said Candice Bowker (22) yesterday, describing her ordeal to The Witness.

She was coming from Durban on her way to visit a friend in the Thorneville area, but she got lost and found herself in a dead end. “I turned around and stopped near the Umlaas Road turn-off. I got out of the car, lit a cigarette and phoned my friend.”

Two guys approached her and asked for a light. She gave it to them and they left.

“As soon as I finished talking to my friend, they returned and one of them pointed a gun to my head and ordered me to get into the car. The second guy shoved me into the driver’s seat and took the steering wheel.”

The man with a gun was sitting in the back seat and he pulled Bowker into the back seat while the vehicle was moving and that’s when she thought he was going to shoot her.

Terrified and confused, Bowker cried and prayed. “I was in such a shock. I cried and he told me not to cry. I hyperventilated; he told me to put my head down. I started to pray and he said I must continue praying.”

Bowker said the gunman spoke “fluent English”. “I heard them speak in Zulu, but I could not understand what they were saying, but I thought they were planning what to do with me.”

After about 10 minutes, they turned on to a side road.

“They turned on to D 409 and they dropped me off there on the sugar cane plantation … I ran into a farmhouse and asked for help.”

The men stole her cellphone and bank cards. She phoned her mother to stop her bank cards and then called the police. The police have opened a case of armed robbery and hijacking.

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