Fake hijack SMS dad in court

2012-12-04 11:05

Johannesburg - An IT specialist from Durban, who in October falsely claimed that he had been hijacked and kept prisoner for three days, appeared briefly in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Leon van Rensburg, aged 52, sparked a large-scale police hunt after he sent an sms to his daughter, saying "Help, hijacked."

Van Rensburg contacted his family more than two days later, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

He appeared in court at the end of October in connection with allegedly subverting the course of justice, after he disappeared for a second time, just before police planned to arrest him.

After Van Rensburg was tracked down in Cape Town, he was admitted to the St Joseph psychiatric hospital in Durban for treatment.

The case was postponed until 13 December for further investigation.

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-12-04 11:28

    What a chop!!!

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-12-04 12:58

      lol - with all the user data nonsense that we the it specialists have to deal with - some of us DO go bonkers hahaha! (for everyone out there who does not understand this - this WAS meant to be a joke)..!

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-12-04 14:26

      @Aniken, well dont go bonkers with our resources, go with the data that sent you bonkers in the first place

  • linda.duits - 2012-12-04 12:00

    It seems as if the lift does not go all the way to the top floor. Attention seeking I guess.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-12-04 14:54

      I doubt if it even gets out of the basement......

  • BoyvandieSuburbs - 2012-12-04 12:13

    Psychiatric illness is not a crime. Be slow to judge people.

      linda.duits - 2012-12-04 12:21

      I do but why wasn't this nipped in the bud when it started?

      Mark - 2012-12-04 12:34

      @Duits - Because, maybe it's just started.

      morwen.fourie - 2012-12-05 07:50

      Remember: also some info abt him trying to claim for stolen cars. Insurance scam? Let's see if that rumour is true.

  • lielie.smit - 2012-12-04 12:41


  • Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-12-04 12:47

    This is going to set back the way people see us Technicians for Decades. Were not all nuts......well.....the good ones are. ;-)

  • jonesriffler.mtokwana - 2012-12-04 13:04

    Lol liar specialist

  • felicity.totman - 2012-12-04 18:57

    Mental illness is not for sissy's and I dont believe it is taken seriously

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