Hijacker drove like an idiot - victim

2012-03-16 23:17

Richards Bay - A combined effort by the public, SAPS and private security saw a hijacker arrested and the vehicle recovered just hours after an armed robbery in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

On Thursday, Dick Robinson, 69, a resident of the north coast holiday village Mtunzini, had stopped to "pick granadillas"  alongside the R102 between Mtunzini and Empangeni near the Umlalazi River bridge when two men, one armed, emerged "from nowhere" and hijacked him at about 12:00 with traffic flowing past.

Just two hours later the vehicle was apprehended and one suspect arrested after he was shot in the foot while trying to runaway.

The suspect, who is currently under police guard at Ngwelezane Hospital in Empangeni, is expected to appear in Hluhluwe Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Robinson, a retired owner of  truck haulage  company, said he was  making his way back to his car, when the suspects, both in their late twenties appeared "from nowhere".

"My suspicion is they were dropped off by another vehicle as there was nowhere for them to have come from. I had only been on the side of the road for about five minutes and was in the full view of the traffic.

"Only the one guy was armed. He cocked the 9mm pistol ordering me to lie flat on the ground so that the passing traffic couldn't see what was going on. When there was a break in the traffic they bundled me in to the back of my vehicle,"  said Robinson who owns a 2010 Toyota Hilux double cab.

With Robinson sitting in the back seat and both suspects in front, one with the firearm faced at Robinson, the hijackers sped off northbound in the direction of Empangeni.

"The guys were aggressive but didn't hit me or threaten to kill me but the driver did drive like an idiot and nearly flipped the van shortly after pulling off.

"We got near to the University of Zululand when the driver veered right onto a track and drove into the Port Durnford forestry plantations. They then grabbed me by my shoulders and carried me into a bushy area where they bound my legs and arms together with rope and my shoelaces.

"They didn't say much to me and I didn't protest telling them to take what they wanted and leave me alone. I can speak Zulu but at no point did I let them know this as I wanted to hear what they were saying.

"I was bound fairly  tight and I thought I would be sleeping in the forest or at best be able to hop and find help but on the first attempt I somehow pulled my one arm loose, untied myself and found a woman who only had R3 on her phone which she let me use.

"I managed to phone my wife to tell I was okay and to ask my son to alert Tracker [Vehicle Recovery],"  said Robinson.

However before Robinson's call to Tracker could be relayed they already knew, says Tracker Zululand liaison officer Wynand Swart.

"A man had witnessed the hijacking in progress and phoned our offices. We alerted everyone to be on the lookout for the double cab. We eventually picked up the vehicle on the N2 near KwaMbonambi' said Swart.

"The vehicle turned off at Hluhluwe and kept on heading northbound on the R22 heading towards Mbazwana [near Sodwana Bay] when private firm Alpha Security Farm Watch pulled up alongside the Toyota. One of the suspects pointed a firearm at them and there was an exchange of gunfire.

"Eventually the hijackers were forced off the road, hit a bump and were airborne for about 5m landing straight in the bush," said Swart.

While the suspects tried to escape one was shot in the foot and immobilised while the second disappeared into the thick brush.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Jabulani Mdletshe said they are still searching for the second suspect and hope to make an arrest soon.

  • gerry.klos - 2012-03-16 23:27

    And president "shower head" rejects the death sentence. Put him out there there to find out heat the real South Africa is all about!

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-03-17 06:51

      @Le: Lets not forget the lady who gave a stranger her last R3 to call home :), rare humanity in SA. where u get raped/robbed for helping someone

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-17 10:53

      No government has the right to take anyone's life. Im against the death sentence. Who are we to play god?

      Kirstin - 2012-03-17 12:02

      This has nothing to do with the president. It has more to do with the way our country was mismanaged and brutalised by previous governments and of which we are paying for their sins.

  • bnnyoni - 2012-03-16 23:29

    it can be a drama, ekasi stories on ETV...

  • Jim - 2012-03-16 23:38

    Zuma is uneducated. One cannot be surprised at his rejection of Capital Punishment, as he doesnt really undestand what is going on in this Country.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-17 10:58

      Jim you seem to be "uneducated" on capital punishment, next time get an "education' before exposing how stupid you are.

  • Loeto Mocwane - 2012-03-17 05:19

    Even the educated reject capital punishment, like Britain and Holland, where most of Jim ancestors originate from.

      Nibiru - 2012-03-17 05:27

      Most of those citizens in those countries are law abiding

      Fussed - 2012-03-17 07:27

      Britain was one of the countries that helped the anc get power, so they are not a good referance

  • Loeto Mocwane - 2012-03-17 05:44

    I read about family, knife, race, mass & all sorts of murders daily from The Sun, Daily Mail & other tabloids in the UK. White collar crimes are a daily occurrence as well. So?

      David - 2012-03-17 08:05

      It's your manner of thinking that is causing this country to bend and break!

      sectioneightsolutions - 2012-03-17 08:14

      The saying "All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing" Loeto, you are obviously not a good man, perhaps the kind that would have seen the incident and just driven past. Thank God for the people like the ones that helped in this case.

  • Joe - 2012-03-17 06:14

    Hey people,crime is crime,it doesn't matter where or who does it and it happens all over the world. Black,white,Indian,Asian,or whatsoever,they all do some form of criminal activity,so don't even mention Zuma in this,crime has been there for as long as I can remember. We should be focusing on ways to fighting crime as a nation bcose it affects every South African...

      Tony - 2012-03-17 11:39

      Crime is crime. White collar crime or traffic violations are just as bad as crime accompanied by physical violence. The two feed on each other. It is the mindset of lawlessness in this country that we need to fight. Simple: Before you complain about crime, check your own behaviour. Don't break ANY laws!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-17 06:28

    When we have a 100% sure hi jacker why do they bring them in alive.

  • Dejavu RealMan - 2012-03-17 07:20

    These SA live movies are goin on and on when will these stop

  • dooskop - 2012-03-17 07:26

    I second you Gerry!!!!

  • Peter - 2012-03-17 08:12

    Does anyone proof-read this stuff? "while trying to runaway". Surely not! But I suppose they were runaways when they ran away?

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-17 08:32

    Dick Robbing-son , 69, nice name , surname and age !

  • Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-17 09:35

    The vehicle was apprehended! lol.How did that one happen?

  • Loeto Mocwane - 2012-03-17 13:06

    SectionsWhatever you are obviously suffer from a serious case dyslexia. Ask somebody to read my posts for you.

  • Winsome - 2012-03-18 10:08

    Well done Tracker! Wish I could afford to have one installed.

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