VICTIMS of the botched hijacking speak out

2020-02-05 06:00

“I HAVE never imagined the barrel of a gun on my head. We were in shock because I thought the gunmen were going to kill us.”

Those are the words of two women who survived a botched hijacking incident that happened at a parking lot near a supermarket in Greytown on January 28. The duo, who are sisters and volunteer at a local youth centre spoke to the Gazette on condition of anonymity.

It is alleged that the women had parked their car outside the supermarket while one of them went inside.

“When I came back from the supermarket I got into the car and as we reversed, trying to get out from the parking lot, we saw two men outside the car.

“They pointed firearms at us and forced us to sit on the back seat,” said the sisters.

According to the women, the armed men jumped into the car and tried to make their way out of the parking lot.

“They couldn’t get out from the exit point. He [suspect] reversed the car and tried another exit point. But when we arrived at the second exit point, shoppers had already gathered there.

“The men jumped out of the car and tried to make a getaway on foot. I was traumatised and didn’t know what to do. I thought we were going to die.

“I think that their motive was to hijack us and use our vehicle as a gateway vehicle,” said one of the sisters.

Sources told the Greytown Gazette that the two men had also held up employees at a shop in that vicinity in another incident after the botched hijacking.

The owner of the shop who refused be named said that gun-wielding men held up two cashiers at the till and demanded cash.

“The men [suspects] also held up a security guard and forced all the employees to lie down on the floor. They threatened to shoot everybody,” he said.

The ordeal lasted for almost seven minutes. The men removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the shop. According to the sources at the scene, there were no injuries reported.

“They walked out from the shop and walked down the road. We pressed the panic button, but security guards did not respond immediately.

“This is the second incident to happen at my shop. We need police visibility in this town.

“The resources in the police force are not enough and there’s no capacity in the police force,” said the owner of the shop.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said: “Greytown SAPS are investigating an attempted hijacking case, this comes after unknown suspects attempted to hijack a vehicle in Greytown.”

Mbele also confirmed that the suspects robbed the shop on the same day.

“It’s alleged by the [victim] that on January 28 she was performing her duties when she was accosted by armed [suspects] who demanded cash.

“The suspects took cash and fled the scene. A 30-year-old suspect was later arrested by Greytown police for robbery and he appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court on January 31.

The case was remanded to February 5,” she added.

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