Doctor called wife before hijacking

2012-01-30 08:22

Johannesburg - A respected dermatologist who was shot in cold blood by hijackers in Riviera, Pretoria on Friday, had been on the phone to his wife minutes before his death, telling her he was on his way home.

“We usually go out on a Friday night but he was working late and called me at 19:55 to say we shouldn’t go to bed because he was on his way,” said Brenda Moche, 40, on Sunday.

Her husband, Dr John Moche, 41, was head of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital’s dermatology unit. He was attacked by hijackers and killed in front of an apartment building in Viljoen Street at about 20:30 on Friday.

Brand new Range Rover

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said Moche and a 33-year-old nurse were in his brand new Range Rover, barely a kilometre from the hospital, when a gang of hijackers opened the doors and pulled them from the car.

The hijackers were armed with .38 Special revolvers.

"One of the hijackers shot Dr Moche in the left chest,” said Dlamini.

The hijackers sped off in the Range Rover.

“Paramedics were called to the scene but Moche had already died,” said Dlamini.

The Range Rover, which Moche had bought only two weeks ago, was found abandoned in Atteridgeville.

Dlamini said the nurse was badly traumatised.

Police were not yet able to get her statement.

'Had a bright future ahead of him'

Executive head of the Steve Biko hospital Dr Ernest Kenoshi, who was also a friend of Moche’s, said on Sunday it was possible that Moche had given the nurse a lift because many of the hospital staff members live in apartments near the hospital and in that street.

“It is a big shock for me because I spoke at length to him about several issues shortly before 20:00,” said Kenoshi, who was also working late that evening.

“He sent me two e-mails at 20:01 about issues which we had been discussing. At 20:50 I received a call to say he had been shot and was lying in Viljoen Street.”

Kenoshi rushed to the scene.

“Paramedics were already trying to resuscitate him but he had no pulse. They tried to save his life for almost an hour but he was declared dead at about 21:30.”

Kenoshi said he had gotten to know Moche well since he appointed him as head of the dermatology unit in 2009.

“I often played golf with him. He was one of the hospital’s stars and still had a bright future ahead of him.”


Moche’s wife said their two daughters, Koketso, 21, and Masego, 14, as well as their son Bokang, 7, were devastated by the news of their father’s death and were received counselling from a psychologist.

“I have known him since I was 15 years old and we had been married for 12 years. We basically spent our whole lives together.”

“He was a very devoted, loving person and an absolutely wonderful man.”

The hijackers are still on the run.

  • procold2 - 2012-01-30 08:27

    tragic,condolences and i hope the hijackers are caught and shot dead while resisting arrest. - 2012-01-30 09:30

      Im finding tears drop in my eyes. May he rest in peace.

      Merven - 2012-01-30 09:41

      All that the average South Afrian wants is to go to work, earn an income and gives his/her family the best they can. They must change the law, if you do violent crime, you loose your human rights.

      Myancmyfuture - 2012-01-30 10:04

      This sounds more than a hijacking to me but time will tell.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-01-30 10:30

      This sound like a hit, either from jealous colleague because I can't suspect a wife since they seems to be having a happy family. Why kill someone for a car esp if you don't need that car, they abandoned it at Atteridgeville

      Myvision - 2012-01-30 10:47

      Hospital shifts end at 19h00 especially for nurses and are people who are not very keen on working for an extra hour. So my best bet is that the 33 year old nurse was more than a colleague given a lift. At this point in time everyone should be treated as a suspect.

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-30 11:05

      For how long are we going to allow dangerous animals to roam free and co-exist with us in our society? Nothing cries for the return of the death penalty louder than cases like this one. If you willingly and voluntarily take a life then you forfeit your own right to live - its that simple.

      Ntombizonke - 2012-01-30 14:56

      @Myancmyfuture, Why he have to phone his wife if he was not going staight and he was working cos he send the e-mail at 20:01.

  • liels - 2012-01-30 08:32

    I have personally worked with Dr. Moche and he was not only one of the greatest doctors I knew, but also one of the friendliest, kindest doctors I have met. His patients loved him and he was always in very high demand. He will be missed greatly.

      Monique - 2012-01-30 12:23

      This is soo sad my condolences to the family-another model citizen gone. How much more can we take? Scary thought but we might be next...

  • Edmund - 2012-01-30 08:35

    It is sad that people that make something of themselves end up becoming targets of criminals that thrive in our country. They do so cause they have nothing to fear. Bring back the death penalty before we only have criminals left.

  • Mzamo - 2012-01-30 08:47

    "The Range Rover, which Moche had bought only two weeks ago, was found abandoned in Atteridgeville", what was the motive of the hijacking then?? Condolences to the family.

      Joe - 2012-01-30 09:07

      @ Sam - Go troll somewhere else you Tool. I also find it a bit suspicious though that you steal such a high value item just to leave it a few hours later....

      kholofelo.theko - 2012-01-30 09:14

      Sam, clearly, you just going to see racism in anything you want to, but in this case your comments are baseless. If you know the hijackers let the police know and see if they are not gonna arrest them.

      gbbfg - 2012-01-30 09:57

      Sam: You are the weakest link.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-30 09:57

      @Mike, been to Mexico lately? Colombia? Peru? Serbia?

      LouisC - 2012-01-30 10:10

      @Mzamo - I believe the criminals had an "order" for a Range Rover, but then they got one that's "too hot" because it might be to new, and too difficult to sell again by who ever placed "the order". @Mike - race plays no role! The are more black murderers in SA because there are more black people... I think you'll be surprized if you look at the percentage (iow - murderers per capita).

      Zee - 2012-01-30 10:49

      My word, I was waiting for someone to mention the colour thing again. Sam, you are an idiot!!!!! All white people on this forum is sympathising with the family and grieve the lost of an amazing HUMAN BEING. But typical, you have to mention colour. Go hide under a bush for the next 50 years please

  • Vuyo - 2012-01-30 08:50

    How many lives must be lost before we realise that there are criminals who don't deserve to live. There are many peace-loving but poor south africans who will loose ,now that this doctor is no more. meanwhile we always say that criminals do what they do because they are poor and they deserve a chance. these guys must die, before they kill somebody else, "death sentence".

      Gail - 2012-01-30 09:23

      To say a person (or persons) kill, steal, maim, rape because they are poor is such a slap in the face for poor people. Being poor doesn't mean they have no morals!!!

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-30 08:51

    Sad story but questions abound. What was he doing with nurse? If only he had gone to his wife from work he would be alive. But was this a hit or a botched hijacking? Why didn't they just for the car keys and take the car? This is more likely a hit than a hikacking..

      Jos - 2012-01-30 09:15

      @Nyiko, so were you there if you could account so clearly. Don't judge people according to your standards.

      Pulverturm - 2012-01-30 09:27

      Have you never given a colleague a lift home?

      gbbfg - 2012-01-30 09:59

      Nyiko it's sad that you automatically assume something that wouldn't even cross most people's minds.

      Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-30 10:05

      My point is, until a full investigation is done, we can only speculate and even go for each other throats as we seek to have our opinions prevail. I am aware of countless murder situations where the usual turned out not to be. As a lawyer I've learnt to jump to conclusions, and neither do I rule out a person until they are cleared by an investigation. As to why the guy was with the nurse, I concede that was probably overboard although I know what point I was making. I'm the same age age as the deceased as our kids seems to be same ages roughly. I don't seek to judge his lifestyle just as much as I wouldn't like to be judged. Let's see justice done

      Jan - 2012-01-30 10:15

      Have you never been given a lift by a colleque or have you not given anyone lift. What if the Doctor had given the Nurse a lift? Dont be naive.

      Myvision - 2012-01-30 10:54

      I agree with Nyiko there are questions that need to be answered. It is possible that this may be more than a lift given and that the wife may have known about a relationship and the nurse may have been having a boyfriend/husband and in that case there may have been a price tag on the Doc's head.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-30 12:09

      @Nyiko I do not see anything wrong with the questions you asked , afterall the same will be done by the investigators. But then again let us not prejudge a man that is no longer alive to defend himself Ausi Mmannese ke yena o tla re botsang gore sharp sharp yena shift ya gagwe e fedile nako mang ene why a sa shomisha her usual transport

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-30 08:54

    What happened to the 33yr old nurse that was in the vehicle with Dr.Moche? Condolences to his family and colleagues.

      Deon - 2012-01-30 10:02

      She was in a state of shock and also a witness to the crime. The police is probably hiding her somewhere.

      Joan - 2012-01-30 11:05

      Stop the racism accusations, stop the accusations or speculation about the nurse in the vehicle. What happened is a well respected doctor lost his life in a horrible way, leaving a wife and three children devastated. And that is all there is to it. Until more comes to light about a possible relationship between the doctor and the nurse forget it. But where the heck does racism come into it?

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-30 11:44

      @Joan who is making RACIST ACCUSATIONS. I asked the question as to what happened to the nurse in the vehicle, either she was shot, or is still alive. Note Deon's response to my question. Any person reading the article must of been wondering as to what happened to the nurse.

      Merven - 2012-01-30 14:46

      @Perfume, it is the clowns at News24 that delete some comments, then the entire thread is not making sense or seems warped.

  • Mel - 2012-01-30 08:57


  • Charmaine - 2012-01-30 08:58

    I cannot understand why we so often read that someone was hijacked (for the car) and killed but the car was found abandoned a couple of km's away - WTF? I think hi-jacking is just and excuse to kill someone - condolences to the family - so horrible!

  • Thoka - 2012-01-30 08:58

    we really can not accept this as days of our lives. pathetic drug junkies ruining lives everyday, they dont belong in jail Mr President please liston to the forum and bring back eye for an eye punishment. Sies mann

      Bogoshi - 2012-01-30 14:50

      O bolela Fana

  • Jacky Mutsila - 2012-01-30 09:00

    i have a feeling dis was a Hit,

      Mzamo - 2012-01-30 09:06

      I seem to agree with you man! You can't steal a car and then just abandon it!!!! It really doesn't make sense! Let the police do their job and hopefully get to the bottom of this (if they haven't been bribed)!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-30 09:59

      When you realise that the car is being tracked you leave it...

      Myvision - 2012-01-30 10:56

      People who hijack these big cars know how to deal with trackers and the possibility that a brand new range rover does not have tracker are between Nil and Zero

  • Fredster - 2012-01-30 09:06

    What are you doing about this Mr President?

      Gerhard - 2012-01-30 09:13

      Same thing he is doing about all the other murders and crime in general, NOTHING!! Why should he give a damn? He's too busy jet setting around the world to actually run the country. Just because he was put in power, we cannot expect him to actually run the country. He just wanted the title and the pay increase.

      Gail - 2012-01-30 09:25


      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-30 13:13

      The president's response : " Askies bhuti , u khuluma nami ? oohhh "

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 09:19

    Why would they jack a car, just to dump it a little later, why not take his wallet and get a taxi? Why kill the poor man, how sick are these buggers??

  • John - 2012-01-30 09:22

    This is what I don't get: They always find the vehicle abandoned somewhere. In other words, it would seem that there is no economic benefit for the highjackers other than what they can find in the car and what they save on taxi fare home. Or am I missing something?

      John - 2012-01-30 09:23

      See now I am not the only one wondering.

  • Dirk - 2012-01-30 09:33

    Death penalty.

  • Edmund - 2012-01-30 09:33

    We are living with criminals that would kill you for R10 if they think they can get away with it. But lets not forget to protect their precious human rights?! After you have committed certain crimes you have proved yourself to be apart from humanity and should have no human rights. Where are the human rights in raping, torturing and killing? Why should you have rights that your victims did not! DEATH PENALY

      Marc - 2012-01-30 10:11

      find the bastards,take the skin off with a scalpel and roll them in raw salt! piece by piece, let them suffer cause death is too easy!

  • richard.galpin - 2012-01-30 09:38

    Do not see any sense in this killing!!! Except "have gun and can shoot to kill" and "Have driven a Range Rover" and lastly "Lets see how long we can ellude the police". May they rot in hell!! Condolances to the good Doctors family, the Hospital and the medical fraternity. Think o"f the setback to South African medical facilities by this stupid act of drug induced" bravado!!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-01-30 09:45

    Condolences to his family , friends and colleagues . May Allah visit death upon these scoundrels who tread the land of Muhammed ( pbuh)

  • resend - 2012-01-30 10:07

    let the lord prevail and punish any one who suit to be punished according to his/her deeds,i send my sencerly condolences to the family and they loss is everyone loss since he was sent to help the sick and may his soul find peace and guide his kids through his spirit and led them where they cant see .

  • Mashudu - 2012-01-30 10:09

    Deepest Condolences to the family and Friends.

  • Lufuno - 2012-01-30 10:16

    I don't see our government bringing back the death penalty at all...!! They are not worried...they've got bodyguards 24 hours, and their kids go to safe guarded privated schools. We are the last worry in their minds. I bet they don't even read newspapers to see how high our crime is. Surely they all have DSTV, hopefully they watch CRIME & INVESTIGATION CHANNEL, just to see how efficient death penalty is in other countries. Even if the the doctors's killers are caught, the court case will drag on for 5 years, at tax payers expense. How long is JUB JUB's case going on...?? remember, he killed those kids in 2008, and within the past four years, he's bought a new car and recorded a new album. Don't forget Channelle Henning's case..might take 5 years too and will never know the real truth. I've been mugged 3 times and the last time i reported it, a cop told me to get used to's part of life

  • hannesenbrianda - 2012-01-30 10:21

    Was Dr Moche killed for a lift to Atteridgeville? Is life that cheap?

  • John - 2012-01-30 10:21

    This has to stop, i still believe Nigerians were involved in this, no offence but this was a a cold blooded hit and so far Nigerians have had a hand to play in most hits recently probably got paid R10k to kill a man that had worked hard to get ahead in life.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-30 10:39

    I feel like crying reading this, is like I lost a brother. Why kill one of the bright brains we have left in the country. If this is not a hit then it means I must abandon my dream of driving any expensive car

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-30 10:58

      Makatika , remember that one man's corsa lite is another man's rolls royce phantom . Do not live your life in fear of these scoundrels

      David - 2012-01-30 11:44

      You can be shot for the R10 in your wallet. We need more cops that are also trained and paid better. We need triple the amount of cops we have now. We don't actually need an standing army at the moment, except of our AU obligations. The real war is inside the country.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-01-30 12:13

      @David you correct maybe if cops are paid well enough, we can starting seeing matriculants getting interesting in applying for those jobs. Currently most recruits are only interested because they can get bribe to enrich themselves quickly

  • andre.v.staden - 2012-01-30 10:41

    Firstly, my condolences to the family of Dr. John Moche, I can relate to the tragedy. However I have to ask why this is newsworthy, as my father was shot and killed in front of my mother on a small holding more than 6 months ago, and still the SAPS have no leads, no arrests, and frankly don't care about his murder and probably thousands more. Why does high profile cases get all the help they need in terms of media coverage, police & forensics resources, etc etc. Tired of waiting for the SAPS to their work, will take matters into my own hands now with the greatest of pleasure.

      Jos - 2012-01-30 11:04

      @Andre, this is a tragedy. This guy is not more important than your father. This is ddefinitely newsworthy, so is your father's. Escalate your father's case to all the relevant authorities including the media so that his untimely death can receive all the resources that are required to solve it. Condolences to your family.

      Zipho Ka Nomafu Myaluza - 2012-01-30 11:28

      its newsworthy because he is a doctor, end of story

  • Boitumelo - 2012-01-30 10:45

    I consulted with him just 2 weeks back at Carstenhoff and have a follow up planned in 2 weeks. Sho! I am really sad. May his family, colleagues and friends find rest in the Lord.

  • Patrick - 2012-01-30 10:48


  • shimane.harris - 2012-01-30 11:07

    its moments like these when i hate being a south african

  • Bogoshi - 2012-01-30 11:13

    A very sad truth in another day in South Africa, this criminals do this on a daily basis and know that even if they can be brought to book, their human rights are protected cause of the bill. What saddens me most is that according to some studies done most of this inhumane crimes are done by foreiners and our government is doing much about it. May his soul rest in peace and our deepest condolences to the family.

      Bogoshi - 2012-01-30 11:13

      meant to say is not doing much about it.

  • Don - 2012-01-30 11:14

    sad and tragic especially losing the life of someone whose life is devoted to caring for others and a South Afican medical expert. Deepest sympathy and condolences to Dr Moche's family, our thoughts are with you. May those who did this horific deed receive no mercy by the law.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-30 11:22

    Soon all there will be left in SA is hijacker scum. Our idiot government respects the criminals by not imposing the death penalty, and the criminals respect us right back by killing us. It's time we got rid of this spineless government.

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-01-30 11:27

    Very sad, but I also wonder what he was doing with the nurse! Condolences to the family!

  • David - 2012-01-30 11:41

    Life is cheap. Bang! Everything he was, dreamt of, and could've been has been taken away. Death penalty is the easy way out. The murderer must work 12 hours a day like a slave for the rest of his life, every day giving back to the community.

  • Andre - 2012-01-30 11:41

    I wish the pink liberal humanists will get it in their mind that the only deterrent is the death penalty by hanging! If you knew you will hang by your neck I assure you, you will think twice before doing something like this!

  • General.AlanMuller - 2012-01-30 11:43

    In South Africa There is NO Consequence if you commit a Crime... and so not only does crime claim another father/husband but also a medical professional who hasn't jumped over the fence for greener pastures.. Government Please wake up The Struggle has Changed !! it is a struggle for survival against crime....

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-01-30 11:50

    If these criminals are caught they should receive the death penalty.....when are all of you ANC SHEEP going to realize that your own government has abandoned you....A life in SA is worth almost nothing under our present government.!!!

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-30 12:06

    Why have the police not yet questioned the nurse, 4 days on? What incompetence given she's the only witness? What have the cops been busy with then?

  • comrade.zondi - 2012-01-30 12:12

    Eish Look in the darkie township. The darkie killers are there.

  • Ruan - 2012-01-30 12:14

    RIP DOC!! Senseless!!

  • Mash - 2012-01-30 12:23

    May his soul rest in peace

  • comurray - 2012-01-30 12:40

    This is so tragic that a man of his calibre is shot dead for the sake of stealing his vehicle. My sincere condolences to his wife and children.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-30 12:41

    An upstanding, productive professional brutally gunned down...a tragic loss

  • Sam - 2012-01-30 12:41

    its quiet impossible to steal Range Rover, this is a clear hit, finish n klaar, and for those who dont agree with me , how long did it take to arrest Hennings murderes

      Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-30 17:17

      Well its not impossible, but with right tools you can steal it. The key safety feature u will recall, is that you can't hotwire the car. Once hijacked, you can change the lock, connect the right laptop to configure the key to the engine. Normally the car will require the owners code to get the laptop started (I'm not sure if the range does but I have a 307cc and a 7 series which do). Someone at head office can give you the code and ur done. With this code you can change the key or even replace the remote batteries (the 7 series though doesn't need battery change bcos the remote fob self-charges when in the car). Remember too the cars get chopped and sold for spares once hijacked. The car theft market is complex enough at the top and there's no obstacle once the car is in the right hands.

  • Neville - 2012-01-30 12:52

    Most of this hitmen are foreigners , they need money and will do anything to get it.but like the ANC there are also comrades fighting for positions who knows ?

  • Trevor - 2012-01-30 13:13


  • songololocurl - 2012-01-30 13:30

    Doctor called wife before hijacking? What are you insinuating? She knew where he was?

  • giovanni.nieuwenhuizen - 2012-01-30 13:31


  • songololocurl - 2012-01-30 13:32

    Doctor called wife before hijacking? What are you insinuating? That she knew exactly where he would be a that time?

  • giovanni.nieuwenhuizen - 2012-01-30 13:35


  • phangolicious - 2012-01-30 13:36

    'I smell a Rat, a Big One nogal" ............. mark my words.