KZN hunt for hijacked dad continues

2012-10-11 14:35

Johannesburg - The search continues for a man who went missing in KwaZulu-Natal after he was apparently hijacked, police said on Thursday.

Captain Thulani Zwane said a special task team was deployed to investigate after the hijacking in Hillcrest, outside Durban.

"We cannot reveal any further information at this stage as the case is still under investigation," he said.

The Witness newspaper identified the missing man as 52-year-old Leon van Rensburg.

The paper reported that the IT specialist sent an SMS to his 15-year-old daughter, Megan, at 10:41 on Tuesday, saying: "Help, hijacked."

Megan's cellphone was off at the time as she was still at school and she only received the message hours later.

Abandoned car

Comments on the Cato Manor organised crime unit Facebook page said the distress SMS was triangulated to a cellphone tower in New Germany, said the paper.

However, this could not be officially confirmed by the police.

According to The Witness, Van Rensburg's white Toyota Tazz was later found abandoned in Kokstad, almost 200km from where he was last seen.
His family told the paper they were desperate for answers.

"I just want to know where my dad is," Van Rensburg's 23-year-old son Graham was quoted as saying.

"The past two days have been a mess - an absolute roller-coaster, with everyone phoning me all the time. It’s hectic. "

The paper reported that the vehicle was being kept at a Kokstad police station, where forensic tests were being conducted.

  • lielie.smit - 2012-10-11 15:07

    ai jai jai, bad!!!

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-12 07:22

      He has been reunited with his family.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-11 15:29

    @Steen, Race card again. WTF. If you really want to play the "Race Card" visit either Greyville, Turfontein or Arlington Race Courses. You may stand a chance there, I'll even give you the numbers to play: "trippel nul bul tril"

  • dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-11 19:07

    There seems to be a surge in armed violence lately. Please everyone be more observant of your surroundings especially around your homes and at traffic light intersections. The SAPS have lost the fight against criminals. You are on your own now!

  • lisa.linington - 2012-10-11 19:35

    He's been found

  • Jack - 2012-10-11 22:33

    Come news24 - how far behind are you!? He's been found! "LEON VAN RENSBERG is safe! He turned up in the Underberg area and made his way to Howick. He is, as I type, en-route back home to his family in New Germany. Thank God." Brad Nathanson investigations wrote this on their fbook page - private investigator that was hired.....

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-11 22:44

    He has been found

  • sudika.harkhu - 2012-10-12 03:45

    He has been found alive, The Witness Reported it. News24 is way delayed.

  • delish7564 - 2012-10-12 08:53

    So pleased he has been found alive, but why hasn't this been reported by News24. Come on guys, get your act together.

  • louis.j.roux.7 - 2012-10-12 09:20

    I once was lost but now I'm found

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