Hijacked woman dies in priest’s car

2012-02-06 17:35

Empangeni - A woman who was shot three times by hijackers in Empangeni before they made off in her Hyundai panel van died on Monday while being transported to hospital by a local priest, the Zululand Fever reports.

However, thanks to a quick response by the Empangeni SAPS, along with two vehicle recovery companies and Zululand Business Against Crime, two suspected hijackers were arrested, and a firearm and the vehicle recovered.

According to a spokesperson speaking on behalf of both the Tracker and Cartrack Vehicle Recovery operations based in Zululand, the woman was fatally wounded between 06:30-7:00 in a rural area within the Ntambanana Municipality.

"We were alerted to the hijacking in conjunction with the Empangeni SAPS task team and flying squad when a priest found the still-alive victim.

"He loaded her into his private vehicle and drove for Empangeni to admit her to hospital.

"Unfortunately she passed away [approximately 10km away from the hospital]," said the vehicle recovery spokesperson.

The vehicle, which was monitored by Cartrack, was recovered in Ongoye Reserve at 12:00, about 50km from the initial hijacking site.

The spokesperson said a helicopter was used to search for the vehicle.

He said the suspects, who werent nearby the vehicle when it was found, had already begun stripping the Hyundai H100.

The resident of the property where the vehicle was parked was questioned and may be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

After questioning numerous residents, two suspects were found near the University of Zululand at about 16:00.

A .38 Special was also recovered with three discharged cartridges in its chamber.

According to SAPS spokesperson Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose the investigation is still ongoing.

It is unclear whether more arrests will be made. The priest could not be reached for comment.

  • Andre - 2012-02-06 17:50

    Bring back the death penalty. The liberal, humanist philanthropists have not been able to come up with an alternative for several years now. There is no other remedy for callous murders!

      Gestoffle - 2012-02-06 18:21

      And the carnage goes on....when is the UN, uk, usa, etc going to step in I ask? I mean we do have oil.....FFS; and gold too!

      stuart.steedman - 2012-02-06 18:23

      So if I'm understanding you Andre, you're saying that you're okay with the state, our government, the ANC, having the power to decide who lives and who dies? This is a government I wouldn't trust in making me a cup of tea, let alone deciding if someone deserves to die. Think about it: you just know the ANC will abuse the power to dispose of political opponents and "troublemakers". Be careful what you wish for...

      errol.wagner - 2012-02-06 18:41

      Stuart - no we do not trust the ANC, but we have greater trust in our courts.

      Joe - 2012-02-06 18:42

      It will not be the ANC who decides Stuart, it will be the judge who handles the trial. Life imprisonment is obviously not a sufficient deterrent for these thugs. Maybe the death penalty is the answer. I will go as for as to say that rape needs the same penalty.

      Gestoffle - 2012-02-06 18:48

      @Stuart, that argument always seems to come up! The ANC don't decide who gets the death penalty, the courts do. Albeit that the ANC are making the laws, it is across the board for pre-mediated murder!! Your argument is not right, are you saying if Zuma doesn't like your face, you get hanged? If you didn't know, political opponents are getting "rubbed" out all the time, where have you been ? Also if you are a trouble maker, you should get the frikkin rope too. I do get your point however, but somehting is not working, so I think I will risk the death penalty for myself for not paying a traffic fine - knowing that I have saved other lives caused by these murderous pigs!!

      stuart.steedman - 2012-02-06 18:52

      Guys, if you believe that there is a separation of courts and government, I need no further than ask you how Zuma got off on both rape and corruption charges. You'd be a fool not to believe that the two are in each other's lunchboxes.

      stuart.steedman - 2012-02-06 18:57

      It needs to be said: I support the death penalty. I just don't support the death penalty in South Africa. We can't even organize building a highway without it being some massive scandal and corruption, what makes this government better suited to dealing with the life and death of its prisoners.

      Hugh - 2012-02-07 08:04

      Why has the deed by the priest been over looked.The fact that he took the woman into his care and tried to help was wonderful. An act that is rare today even from men of God.

      Thys - 2012-02-07 11:17

      It wont work. In countries with the death penalty you still get murders. What we need is the ultimate deterrrent to crime... A populace who can and will resist, within reason ofcourse.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-06 17:51


      bongani.pasha - 2012-02-06 17:56

      Animals wouldn`t do such a terrible thing,I don`t even know what to call these bastards!

      carpejugulim - 2012-02-06 18:29

      Comrade ... sorry to disappoint you but animals don't do things like that to each other ... Humans do

      Patsy - 2012-02-06 21:25

      Please do not insult animals, they behave better than many so-called humans. Savages, barbarians but not animals, please.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-06 17:53

    How many more citizens have to be slaughtered because the government is too uncaring to implement proper laws to rid society of these murdering scum????With all their body gaurds,bullet proof windows etc they dont give a sh%t!!!!! Condolences to her family. Thanks to the priest for trying!

  • bongani.pasha - 2012-02-06 17:54

    Sick bastards,they need to be hanged,they killed the poor woman for nothing!

      rbczovczov - 2012-02-07 06:34

      They got her car, they did not need to take her life as well.

  • Daan - 2012-02-06 17:55

    bastards should be shot on sight.

  • ISO - 2012-02-06 17:56

    Bring back the death penalty!!!!

      Comrade - 2012-02-06 18:04

      Bring back Wouter Basson

  • John - 2012-02-06 18:03

    For a Hyundai Panel Van? WTF? To kill someone for parts? ....just a question.Are they also out on R500 bail?

  • Gavin - 2012-02-06 18:28

    Very, very, very SAD! Cry beloved country, cry!!

  • Errol - 2012-02-06 18:31

    SAD LOSS OF LIFE!Until us,the citizens of this country, realise, that OUR government will never ever stop the carnage,the slaughter will continue.It's up to private security companies and, STRONG VIBRANT COMMUNITIES, to try and halt the war.Simple!!!...the ANC and their useless USELESS non skilled 'whatever' called the SAPS,are not capable of protecting a budgie in a cage!!!

      Patsy - 2012-02-06 21:27

      There are a lot of good policemen out there. It's unfortunate that the illiterate, uncaring, crooked, ill-trained ones give the good cops a bad name.

      Thys - 2012-02-07 11:21

      It is not the government's responsibility, never was. Unpopular opinion, I know. Each and everyone of us should get off of our behinds and do what has been proven to work. Requires a lot more effort than sitting on News24 and calling for the death penalty etc though...

      Lunga - 2012-02-13 17:21

      Half of them are criminals(SAPS)...

  • thinga - 2012-02-06 18:39

    It's useless arresting the hijackers, they will be out on bail tomorrow! ...and charges will later be dropped! SA laws!

  • Lordwick - 2012-02-06 18:57

    This are simply the morons who goes to the polling stations during elections to vote for a Zulu boy"SHOWER HEAD" cz they have so plenty time in their hands only to use it for crap s#it work.

  • Mahesh - 2012-02-06 19:00

    death penalty, only option for f*****s like that

  • Johann - 2012-02-06 19:04

    We live in a country where criminals are the role models and the law abiding citizens the prey a country where bad is good and good is bad we live in a state that have failed it's people a government that got no shame

  • Patsy - 2012-02-06 21:22

    Hang the bastards!

  • braamc - 2012-02-07 05:26

    SA's murder rate higher than our accident death toll, first in the world, and not that our car accident death toll is low.

  • tshinanne - 2012-02-07 08:52

    Throw them in a pit filled with deadly snakes, scorpions and spiders.

  • Zebelon - 2012-02-07 10:13

    There has been a marked increase in wanton killings since the abolition of the death penalty. Under the present government, this country will pretend not to see the truth, and will keep on hold any finding on the matter.

  • Samantha - 2012-02-13 12:56

    Interestingly enough it's not the MAJORITY who do crime but rather the MINORITY of citizens. So we the MAJORITY of law abiding, peace loving people need to stop sticking out head in the sand, hoping it will just go away. We need to look out for each other and stand together to let criminals know that we are gatvol and not going to keep lying down while they walk all over us. If enough of us stand up and do the right thing then we can send the message to these maggots that enough is enough. Don't turn a blind eye but rather make it your business help root out this scourge in whatever way possible.

  • Lunga - 2012-02-13 17:26

    You never know when they pounce on you these bastards... all we need is a prayer because these goverment of ours won't do zilch.

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