Ex-Bok shocked after hijack

2011-06-12 10:07

Johannesburg – Former Springbok rugby player and SuperSport presenter Ashwin Willemse is badly traumatised after he was attacked and kidnapped by hijackers at a fuel station in Johannesburg.

The hijackers drove around for an hour with Willemse, 29, before leaving him by the side of the road.

Although the hijacking happened two weeks ago, Willemse was still too traumatised to talk about it. He would only confirm that it had happened.

Parkview police were investigating.

On May 28, Willemse stopped his Range Rover at about 19:00 at a fuel station in Hyde Park. When he wanted to get back into the car, two cars stopped next to him. Security video showed how one of the attackers held a gun to Willemse’s head and how one of the men got into Willemse’s Range Rover.

Investigating officer captain Timmy Rikhotso said the robbers kept asking Willemse if he had a tracking system in the car and where he lived.

“They told him if he played along, they wouldn’t kill him,” said Rikhotso.

Willemse was also robbed of his cellphone and wallet. 

  • Grayman - 2011-06-12 10:23

    I am deeply sorry for Ashwin and I trust that he can get over his trauma with proper counselling. Nobody needs to go through this trauma. I feel even more sorry for the thousands of other hijack victims who are not as high profile as Ashwin and don't even get a mention in the papers and can't afford the trauma counselling that they should be getting. I wish that the police would start being effective in their combat against crime and corruption.

      cliffarc - 2011-06-12 15:19

      - It goes much deeper than the police efforts. It starts with the govt. in power. If they dont possess the will to fight crime , with tougher legislation, law enforcement and stricter sentencing,nothing is going to change.

      Gorilla - 2011-06-13 10:02

      Sterkte Ashwin. Lets hope your profile shines the spotlight on these criminals. I hope they find pain.

      Point Blank - 2011-06-13 11:11

      @Grayman, it also starts with you, report suspicious vehicles in the neighbourhood.. Too many people driving with blinkers on. - 2011-06-13 13:56

      All too often, about time these guys started getting caught. Police so ineffective.

      Grant - 2011-06-13 14:35

      @Point Blank - do you honestly believe that if you call the police and say "There's a car near the petrol station that looks suspicious" anybody will rock up?? In a normal country, being proactive might help, but in SA?? Come on...

      Lee-Ann - 2011-06-13 21:01

      We agree. Wellcome to SA. Also hijacked at gun point (twice). Shot one and three got away on the first time. Two were shot and one got away the 2nd time. Thanks to all friend and nabours and SAP

  • Jousa van Dyk - 2011-06-12 10:25

    Anyone can get out of the ghetto, but no one can get away from the ghetto

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-06-12 10:52

      The new integrated development plan of the ANC will mean that the Ghetto will come to you.

  • GT - 2011-06-12 10:30

    It seems petrol station robberies are the next trend. So many friends mugged at them around Sandton. Ashwin,get some help boet - you may think you can cope, but even the tough guys get into very bad head space without help from a professional councillor.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-06-12 10:32

    Affirmative shopping. Maybe he will be safer in a battered VW Beetle. And that goes for most of us.

      freedom - 2011-06-12 10:42

      Freedom of speech is only a figment of the imagination in Africa, however we are better off than some other states its changing fast, give the government the option and you wont have any freedom!

      freedom - 2011-06-12 10:43

      Apologies meant for onetickie

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-06-12 10:56

      I agree. After the innitial shock of having my watch and cellphone taken at gunpoint, it was very ammusing to me that the watch was one of those R30 Seiko Kinetic knock-offs you can buy from a dodgy street vendor. The phone was an old Nokia 3310 (this was 8 years ago).

      tryanything - 2011-06-12 16:22

      Sadly the government has the option....already

  • maseratifitt - 2011-06-12 10:45

    The SAPS is our insurance against crime. We pay our premiums via tax. All crime related claims (theft, burglaries, hijackings,personal trauma,etc)should be settled by the SAPS. Why should South Africans pay double for security? It is the government's duty to ensure that all citizens are safe.

      jevoixtout - 2011-06-12 13:55

      I have said this all along. We pay double for every thing. The fact is crime is a billion rand industry for the gov, Why should they curb it. Just take the VAT they receive from the countries monthly contribution to security companies to do the job the SAPS should be doing. Then there is medical aids, toll fees ect ect.

      pawsaw - 2011-06-12 17:06

      The average cop risks his/her life 24/7/365 for pretty pathetic rewards and at huge risk to themselves hence the huge amount of criminal cases against cops for fraud, blackmail etc. The dedicated cop who views their job as a calling and a service to the public seldom gets any thanks from communities in any way shape or form because we lump them all together and generalise.

      onetickie - 2011-06-12 22:35

      @maseratifitt: Are you kidding us? Don't you READ/LISTEN to news about SAPS. Don't you read able Cele??? SAPS settles with live bullets aimed at the wrong people. Are you truly that stupid?

      Gundaan - 2011-06-13 00:58

      Can we claim on security expenses from the communist goverment !!!???

      maseratifitt - 2011-06-13 10:46

      No,onetickie, I am not stupid. I am stating how things should be, under proper leadership. Step by step we get used to how things should NOT be. Eventually we just accept it, without question. This is not progress.

  • motsokwane - 2011-06-12 10:49

    Just think of how many industries will loose their revenues if crime could be totally abolished,police,security companies,government loosing tax from the closing companies,scrap yards,burglar door making companies,welders, car making industries just to mention the few.All of the above will bring the government to its knees if they stop this criminals, so do you think they will eradicate crime? I think nah!!!

      tryanything - 2011-06-12 16:19

      Just see how fast a strike at SAB is resolved. No booze no vat no car crashes no panelbeaters no speeding fines. no money no food..

      pawsaw - 2011-06-12 17:16

      Motsokwane, off topic for a moment here and you are among many people so I am not talking to you alone. I wear LOOSE clothing and that is why I LOSE it. The word Choose is the same. I choose to ignore this most of the time but having chosen to do this in the past, today I thought I'd explain the difference to you between choose and chose and loose and lose. Loose becomes loosen which is even looser than before and lose becomes lost. Sorry for being a teacher of language today. Spellchecker won't pick this up however if you see a green line when you type it that means that there is something grammatically incorrect.

      Together - 2011-06-13 09:37

      motsokwane - police would still have plenty to do preventing rape, uncovering fraud and making sure that forensic evidence was collected properly. Scrap yards would have plenty of business collecting all the actual scrap littering SA, burlar door companies could change to making window frames for all the new houses and schoolds we could be building, and car manufacturers could focus on designing a cheap vehicle all SAfricans could afford. Instead: all just waste and bombed-out human spirits who think that crime is an actual job. What a pathetic waste of everyone's time - and all it really funds is drugs, guns and the trashing of a generation. It also makes the country look stupid.

      Mark - 2011-06-13 10:08

      pawsaw, go get a life. you not off the topic only, also quite off your head as well. This is a news forum, not a grade 3 spelling test

      motsokwane - 2011-06-13 10:29

      Hey pawsaw,thanx but no thanx for your superficial advice. My tip for you is,get it in your lectures that we are not all English, right! and speaking English is not an equation of intelligence. I have some tips for you,"lose" ka Setswana ke lediri la polelo pate ya polelo nolo e e tlhagafaditsweng, are you with me? "looser" ke sedirwa sa lediri le le tlhalosang mokgwa o polelo e nolofaditsweng ka gona.Are you following? just to make you aware that I won't be sarcastic to an English person when they get the tenses of MY language wrong.I didn't need your silly advice anyway.

      Fred - 2011-06-13 15:24

      Quite true, this guy now goes out and buys a new Range Rover, the government picks up 14% on the sales tax, multiply that by all the vehicles stolen and replaced and the government most probably earns more than the thieves on the crime.

      VADERLAND - 2011-06-14 10:57

      @motsokwane crime will never be completely eradicated, even if we had the best police force and criminal justice system in the world. But to abolish crime should be on the top of the "things-to-do" list of the government

  • Jannie - 2011-06-12 11:31

    He has my sympathy, but look at the bright side. "shocked after" is much better than "shot during".

  • Krolie - 2011-06-12 11:38

    Disgusting ruddy scum! This has to stop now! That security video must be used properly, arrests must be made, and "they" have to take whatever is coming their way. It is high time we all demand that the system be used the way it is meant to. Ashwill, I am so sorry this has happened to you. Please get councelling to help you through this experience. Lean on your family and friends for support, that is what they would want you to do. Be strong, we are all praying for your.

  • JDVICT - 2011-06-12 12:56

    I am sorry to read of your experience Ashwin, and know what you are going through. I too was hijacked and taken hostage almost four weeks ago, and the shock and sheer terror one goes through at the time, nobody can understand unless they have been in the same situation. Whats more, I am amazed at the similarity of our experiences. The modus operandi appears the same, its almost an exact copy of my own hijacking. I too was eventually dropped off in Florida! I believe there is a syndicate (one of many no doubt!) operating because I know of a few other similar hijackings. I hope that a breakthough will be made soon and these thugs are stopped before someone does get hurt. My advice to you is to get trauma counselling and whatever help you need to get through this. Talking about the event as much as possible does help too. I wish you strength and hope you feel better soon!

  • To The Point - 2011-06-12 13:01

    Why is it only when celebs get hijacked it becomes news what about the thousands of others who experience the same or killed are not “NEWSWORTHY” is it to protect the useless government who are similar to highjackers living off our taxes. When is Schabir Shaik going to die how slow is the terminal disease he suffers from?

      onetickie - 2011-06-12 20:37

      @To The Point: I so agree with you. But you know what, whilst we are gob-smacked, infuriated and appalled at lack of law; he will probably live along life ending up sitting in a wheel-chair in diapers; drooling, having to be fed (if they bother) and ending his life in misery. And THAT would be true justice. Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring so instead of us all getting high BP (me too) on verge of anger management necessity, the thought of staying sane is envisiging all those creeps drooling, in nappies and getting pay back when they can't fend for themselves.

      onetickie - 2011-06-12 21:31

      Am talking about Shaik Schabir here folks.

  • Francois - 2011-06-12 13:19

    Feel sorry for the oke. Turned his life around from being a skollie to a real proper business man and TV celeb.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-06-12 13:57

    @Heks If you don't know who he is you should rather not advertise your ignorance. Willemse is a perfect example of a rehabilitated gangster. He turned his life around (with some help from Jake White) became a Springbok on merit and is now one of the better sports presenters on SuperSport.

      Yoni - 2011-06-12 19:30

      How many games did he actually play after becoming a Bok, and how many did he sit out due to injury? One of the better presenters at SuperSport? Methinks not.

      Larro - 2011-06-13 07:38

      Yoni - hpw mamy did YOU play I wonder? And how's that presenter's job going....? Yup, thought so!

      Patriot - 2011-06-13 09:03

      @Yoni - Try to focus on the content and not his accent and maybe you will change your opinion!

      The Patriot - 2011-06-13 09:46

      Ashwin was caped 16 times.

      Jo - 2011-06-13 10:13

      Caped? Like a rugby superhero? I am only teasing..

      Albo - 2011-06-13 14:33

      Larro - 1 ; Yoni - FAIL!!!!!!!!

  • Thecookiecru - 2011-06-12 14:15 are such a fool ...they should not allow someone like you to comment on anything as only a lot of crap coming out your hooter...ctnu

      cliffarc - 2011-06-12 15:25

      - Then again , the man is entitled to his view.

  • Camiel Phillips - 2011-06-12 14:28

    This is sad to hear abouy the hijacking but not because its Aswin Willemse.I'm sure it is a bad experience.I wouldn't want it to happen to my enemies ,not that I have any.But to read the comments of others,its disgusting,bringing in race,and never heard of a Ashwin,surely that person does not watch rugby,but that is besides the point,hijacking is traumatic and some victims lose their lives

      POLLENYS - 2011-06-12 14:31

      There's always Google, of course. No harm in broadening your field of knowledge.

  • Rumbler - 2011-06-12 15:22

    Go well Ash, get over it and resume your life. Your supporters are with you all the way!

  • Raymond - 2011-06-12 17:21

    Lies,stealing,murdering,rape,corruption,it's the new Coat Of Arms of South Afica.What a sic country run by incompetent people,it just gets worse before it gets better.

  • onetickie - 2011-06-12 20:27

    Another version I posted: I said malema encouraged crime; that he loves to see people hurting etc. But they don't want anyone to read what I've said, I am being censored - like when the ANC pass the new bill protecting them on news reporting/info. Never thought this would happen on but guess there is some ANC twit not able to cope with what I've said and allow the public to rant back at me if I'm wrong. ha ha.

      Jannie Swem - 2011-06-13 10:09

      its happened to me as well one tickie, all the time.. when one says the truth on here, especially of you have sources in the regime you get censored

  • croix - 2011-06-12 21:28

    Ash - strong up brother. I feel for you and hope you can get through this soon.

  • zebracobra - 2011-06-13 00:02

    we will elect cliffarc presdentof SA,he will clean this country of this rot,be sreetwise this hapening everyday in SA.Willemse forgive them they do not know what they doing.

  • Cristina - 2011-06-13 06:37

    So sorry for what happened..hope you find assistance in dealing with this traumatic experience.

  • nn.prv - 2011-06-13 07:20

    Bring back the death sentence,many uknown pepole are victims and never hit the headlines.The shoot to kill is killing mainly the innocent !

  • UnionSports - 2011-06-13 08:58

    Its so sad that these hijackers continue to do everything in their power to try destroy our country! Glad Ashwin came out unharmed

  • Gore - 2011-06-13 09:24

    Same script different cast. It's a shame in this republic and the strange part is that I am not even shocked!!

  • Virginia - 2011-06-13 09:31

    Scum of the earth, South Africa's way of life if you dont have it you take it, whether its costs someone their life. I wish sometimes that Mr Zuma or onw of his family are hijacked, let us then see if there is any response.

  • WhoGivesAshi - 2011-06-13 09:37

    Welcome to SA

  • 106SA - 2011-06-13 10:24

    Sorry to hear Ashwin!!!Hope you are ok and recover fully!!SA is the wild west!!!!Life is cheap and crime pays!!!!!

  • Numsa - 2011-06-13 10:28

    he should play soccer rugby is for the opresers viva !

  • pinkalert - 2011-06-13 10:39

    We all need to stand together where the Government is concerned and hit them where it hurts - which is there wallets So we need to let Government know that every crime that is committed, we will sue them for not protecting us and for letting crime get out of hand, then we need to threaten that we wills top paying our taxes until the government sorts this problem out, after all, what are they doing with out taxes - in the budget they said they are going to fight crime? When are they planning on doing this, with next years tax money or until they find a new excuse - enough already - it is time we stood up to the government and started hitting where it hurts them!!

      pinkalert - 2011-06-13 10:40

      that was suppose to "will stop paying" and not "wills top"

  • Monsterz - 2011-06-13 10:57

    Hope you feeling better Ashwin, it will be sitting inside your head for a while. I saw you shortly after the hijack, with the car, as you a client of ours, absolutely amazing how they ripped the back of your car open to find the tracking device. Nonetheless, glad you were not harmed, and hope that you stay a valued Range Rover Sport customer of ours for may years. KM.

  • Grimm25 - 2011-06-13 11:03

    at least his case is being investigated the detective handling mine hasnt even interviewed me and its been over 2 year....maybe cause he also knows that he could have checked the petrol stations cctv but didnt

  • lesgp - 2011-06-13 11:22

    Tjo, In a Range Rover?

  • Mollie - 2011-06-13 12:11

    Good luck Ashwin, let no one tell you that you ever get over it, because you don't, you just learn to live with it. I was hijacked and shot last year March. I only blame the Goverment, they have NO control over the crime in this country, and the criminals know they get away with it.

  • Asad Patel - 2011-06-13 13:39

    Wonder how many more 'High Profile' ppl its gonna take before the powers listen and acknowledge the safety of its NORMAL CITIZENS. Pity we dont get coverage...

  • Ridwaan - 2011-06-13 14:17

    Bring in the death sentence..............

  • PNutz - 2011-06-13 15:46

    How come after 3 hijackings I didn't get a newspaper comment? I feel sorry for the guy I've been there and got the holes to prove it but no-one gave a damn when I lay bleeding on the side of the road without even clothes and 2 holes. I know this is the wrong thing to say but hopefully it happens to government officials as well because maybe then something starts being done about the crime levels. Ashwin will just get this brief mention and then life will continue as normal for all SA citizens. And to Pointblankza whats going to happen? Now you want to overload the police even more running after possibilities rather than the actualities??? Catch a wake up they are already under so much load and stress its killing them. Rather use your local Alarm or armed response companies or community watchdogs or just get the registration numbers and occupant details and time of the sighting. Which blinkers are you talking about? Watching crime happening or trying to stay alive on the roads? We all need to do our part but there are limits to everything. Pollenys: Do you know what a battered beetles parts are worth? Its not just about the car but also a new trend in rites of passage and of course your cell phones/handbags/money/CD's/radios and all the other junk and stuff stored in cars as well as just joyriding or using stolen vehicles to get away from other crimes. Trauma from these experiences never goes away and only with loads of help does life even start to become livable(sic) again.

  • patrickb - 2011-06-13 16:23


  • ohannah - 2011-06-13 16:25

    haha...Jo'burg, lovely place. That's why we all need to carry guns, at all times. I even think there's a problem, I shoot the bastards first and ask questions later

  • Sbs - 2011-06-13 16:28

    We are sorry to hear of ur trauma,but what can we say,its the SA we inherited from apartheid past where people were brought out to be rogues by the system which deprived them of basic skills,every time they look @ someones property they think they should possess it.Keep strong as atru Bok!!

  • Hugh - 2011-06-13 20:51

    Justr curious. Was this worse than the treatment blacks had to endure during apartheid? I would think that the numbers of trumatised people in SA outweigh that of apartheid anyday.

  • willierobbie - 2011-06-14 08:43

    Simple solution, move to Cape Town.

  • HappyinNZ - 2011-06-14 11:19

    burgled so many times and having a gun held to my 10 yr olds sons head ....absolute crap thats why I am living in NZ, I dont see a solution to the state of affairs

  • Eunice - 2011-06-14 11:32

    LIFE GOES ON!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mrs C - 2011-06-14 16:37

    Sterkte Ashwin. Was hi-jacked at gunpoint a few years ago, still freaked out about it...but life carries on...

  • Zebelon - 2011-06-14 22:26

    We are in a hopeless situation. the police will remain ineffective and without direction as long as they are lead by a politically powerful but blind man as commissioner; they will have no professional and informed approach to the task at hand. To understand this blindness, just look at the super expensive dealings, both in Pretoria and Durban, in trying to get accommodation from Shabangu( probably to enrich him ). All the while crime is in the ascendancy.

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