Dad, kids luckily escape Cape Town hijacking

2012-09-05 08:46

Cape Town - A Cape Town father has spoken out about a short but harrowing ordeal in which an armed gang tried to hijack his car while his two children were inside it.

Monsurio Mallum told the Cape Argus that he got a flat tyre on Saturday while driving on the N2 with his 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son in the back.

He locked the children in the car and was changing the tyre when five men approached him and one of them pushed a gun in his side and tried to get him to get into the car.

Mallum said he knew he needed to stay outside the car and attract attention.

“I thought once I’m in that car, no one will see what’s happening. As long as I’m outside, someone will notice me. I had to stay visible,” said Mallum.

During the ensuing struggle, metro police officers on routine patrol luckily saw the incident and chased the suspects.

Mallum said he knew he was lucky to be alive.

One man has been arrested.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 08:51

    You lucky bugger. Good on you! Now that is using your brains.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-05 09:03

      That guy sounds Spanish... I would not advise people from other countries to come and live here while the crime rate is so high and the criminals feel nothing for another human beings' life! Beautiful country but the ANC are failing terribly at keeping us safe!

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-05 09:59

      @ denis.gomo - I beg to differ dear sir. I think the number one reason there is crime out there is because of poverty! And poverty is because of unemployment... Who is in charge of ensuring that we have jobs and that the economy flourishes? It's the government... Who is in power in our government at the moment? Yes... You guessed right... The ANC. If the DA came into power I can guarantee you 100% that there will be drastic shift in our economy...

      delish7564 - 2012-09-05 11:08

      @alicia. Definitely with you on this one. I try never to be out after dark or if I am, I prefer to stay locally and not go on N2 or N1. It's bad enough during daylight the way some idiots drive, but at night........... @michael Whether the guy is Spanish or not doesn't really matter. I hear what you're saying, but I would still rather live here than in the "nanny state" the UK has become. @lerato. In a way it's small wonder crime stats have increased given the economic probs in Spain, but I don't imagine violent crime is anywhere near as high as SA. In any event, all countries have their problems in one way or another, that's life, unfortunately.

  • sesom - 2012-09-05 08:51

    They must hang these bastards...Jail is just a holiday for these scums...

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-05 09:12

    Narrow escape. Very happy to read that you and your children are safe. Thank goodness Metro cops came past. Well done Metro.

  • meryl.carelse - 2012-09-05 09:14

    Society is being faced with more and more of these types of situation, hijacking, smash and grab etc.visable policing is very necessary and SAPS or and metro police should up their numbers on the roads. That man was very lucky to be alive because of their presence at the time.

      had.enuf.1 - 2012-09-05 09:23

      Visible policing, like here in Gauteng - behind every single bridge pillar, bus-shelter or tree with a frigging speed camera.

  • remi.preez - 2012-09-05 09:18

    Never ever stop on the N2 at night. I once had a blow out on my tyre at night on the N2 and drove all the way slowly to the Engen before getting assistance. Its better to pay to repair your car than take a chance out there.

      chez.kri - 2012-09-05 09:23

      @remi. That is a very sad comment. You are quite right but it has a "mad max" tone to it. Well, thats the movie that popped into my head when i read your comment. We can only hope this country improves sooner rather than later.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 09:38

      @chez.kri: Where I come from even the cops tell you that you never stop. You go till you find civilization or can’t anymore. Another clue is the big red blots that says “Highjack hotspot” as if that makes everything ok. It’s not a sad comment at all, it’s a fact of life.

  • Duits - 2012-09-05 09:19

    Glad the dad and the children are ok. Find the scum and deal with them accordingly.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-05 09:21

    You sure as heck had a guardian angel looking after you

  • denis.gomo - 2012-09-05 09:26

    Lets have a referendum to decide on bringing back the death penalty.

      jennifer.d.martin.750 - 2012-09-05 10:21

      Zuma would love to bring back the death penalty How much more smootly an election runs on the blood of the opposition.

  • david.churchman.712 - 2012-09-05 11:00

    Well done sir...having been hijacked myself and fortunate enough to survive it's truly amazing what you are capable of doing in order to save loved ones and yourself!

  • kelly.dini - 2012-09-05 11:21

    How on earth did they think they would get away in car that had a flat tyre?!

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-09-06 00:40

    Tik starve skelems

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-06 04:48

    God has turned his back on South Africa.

  • zanelenomntu.magxala.9 - 2012-09-06 07:36

    Thumbs up 2Metro police with their visibility nd for saving life n protecting those little one...keep up the good work

  • caleb.bennett.733 - 2012-09-11 10:12

    Well done to the Police who proved that active policing not only prevents crime but also apprehends perpetrators in the act. Cool head from the victim, good policing by the cops. Good one.

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