'Oprah's advice saved me in hijacking'

2015-03-12 07:42
Robyn Zieseniss shows her bruises after an attempted hijacking. (Werner Hills, Netwerk24)

Robyn Zieseniss shows her bruises after an attempted hijacking. (Werner Hills, Netwerk24)

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Port Elizabeth - A candidate attorney has told how she struggled to free herself from the grip of a hijacker after remembering advice she had heard on The Oprah Winfrey Show many years before.

Netwerk24's Cara-Lee Scheun reported on Thursday that the bruises on Robyn Zieseniss's arms are the only visible signs of her struggle with the man who was trying to kidnap her.

Zieseniss, 25, said she was walking back to her car near Govan Mbeki Avenue in Central, Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday morning when a well-dressed man walked up and asked her why she parked in this area. She replied that there was no other parking available and said she did not feel threatened by him.


But when she opened her car door, he pushed her and she saw a knife in his hand.

The man told her to sit on the floor next to the front passenger seat, which she did.

Zieseniss said she remembered Oprah's advice that even if you get hurt, you must escape before the criminal takes you to a second destination. And when you can, scream as loud as you can.

Zieseniss grabbed her opportunity while the man was struggling to get the car in reverse, and tried to jump out of the door. He grabbed her arm and they proceeded to wrestle for at least two minutes. Fortunately her sweater tore and she was able to pull away and escape from the car.


She ran away, screaming loudly, but says people just drove past. The hijacker left her car and disappeared. A woman in a nearby building heard her screams and called the police, who arrived an hour-and-a-half later.

Zieseniss said the police officers who arrived at the scene told her it was not necessary to open a case as the car was not stolen, but she insisted, and a case of attempted hijacking was opened.

An Eastern Cape police spokesperson told Netwerk24 that these allegations are viewed in a serious light, and there is no reason for a police officer to discourage anybody from making a case.

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