Questions over where hijacked dad was

2012-10-13 10:06

Pietermaritzburg - Very few details have emerged so far about what happened to Leon van Rensburg, the man who was missing for three days after SMSing his daughter that he'd been hijacked.

He spent Friday morning giving statements to the police.

Van Rensburg had sent his daughter the SMS reading "Help, hijacked" to 15-year-old daughter Megan on Tuesday morning,

His older son, Graham, spoke to the Weekend Witness while his parents were at Pinetown police station. He said the family had yet to quiz their father.

“When he’s ready he will tell us. It’s too soon, we have no idea what he’s been through,” said the 23-year-old accounting graduate.

Authorities are remaining equally mum about Van Rensburg’s whereabouts after his disappearance, but confirmed they were looking for two suspects.

But the biggest question is where Van Rensburg was in the days after he was snatched and police refused to say anything on that matter.

His mom, Shirley, asked to be left alone.

“We are trying to process it all, please,” she said.

Van Rensburg emerged out of the blue on Thursday in Underberg, a day after his Toyota Tazz was recovered in Kokstad, more than 100km away.

The 52-year-old father of three was unharmed and wearing the same clothes as the day he disappeared.

Graham said his dad found some help from unknown people in the area who allowed him to make a call.

The first person Van Rensburg rang was a former brother-in-law in Howick. It was he who fetched him from Underberg on Thursday night and took him halfway to Durban, where family spokesperson Rob Gardner picked him up.

Graham said it was an aunt in Cape Town who contacted the family with the good news at about 19:00.

Van Rensburg then called home and Shirley took the call. Asked what her reaction was, Graham said: “She was in tears. She was in a state of shock.”

He arrived home at 23:00.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Van Rensburg, an IT specialist, told them two people in an Isuzu bakkie hijacked him.

Earlier his son said a trace on his cellphone indicated the SOS text message was sent not far from their home in New Germany. The last signal from his phone was at 02:00 on Wednesday morning in nearby Wyebank.

In his statement, Van Rensburg said his abductors took him to the Underberg area on Thursday morning and abandoned him.
Zwane said Van Rensburg’s assailants took his cellphone after he sent the SMS to his daughter.

  • peter.english.756 - 2012-10-13 10:14

    Lol let the guy recover, he went through a stressful period,before you hound him and his family

      dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-18 18:30

      Sure Peter. Now he is on the run from the cops. They should arrest his @ss!

  • Barefoot - 2012-10-13 10:16

    oh please don't say it's another one that wanted to see the mistress.

  • Staalburger - 2012-10-13 10:16

    Why so secretive? Almost everyone was worried, and hoped for his safe return. Something about this matter is rather strange.

      lownabester - 2012-10-13 11:24

      My thoughts too.

      pwcrook - 2012-10-14 19:26

      Although it's not really our business or place to speculate, there is something odd here... almost as tho it wasn't really a hijacking...

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-13 10:17

    Remember the DSTV man, I smell a rat here, the car was safe and the man remains unharmed.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-10-13 10:26

    Assume makes an ass- of u- and me.

  • lynette.mufaro - 2012-10-13 10:26

    I don't mean to pry into the poor mans business but after all the concern everyone including the comments on the News24 comments section wishing he was found including all the folks who would have kept an eye out for him when he was missing,I rather feel the family could at least let us know generally what happened.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-13 10:30

    People should stop pulling stunts like these we leave in a crazy societ, soon someone is gonna in real trouble then the police will call it bluff.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-13 10:30

    I told ya.......I want to know why he didint text his wife?? huh? Andre from Eblockwatch refused to get involved, he said it was a hoax; if so this is a sad way of getting attention. Folks are strange hey? On the other hand??

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-10-13 10:35

    I smell a great big fat rat!!!

  • dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-13 10:39

    Ok Leon. What's her name?

  • Asif Asmal - 2012-10-13 10:44

    weird why he sms'd his daughter who was in school, and he didn't sms the wife or son. Something ain't adding up. Feel sorry for the wife and kids wrt to the embarrassment this is going to cause them, when the truth comes out. - 2012-10-13 10:55

      I agree Asif , something doesnt add up here...

  • klopwie - 2012-10-13 10:47

    Sal die idiots NOOIT leer dat hulle NIE 'n hi-jack kan "fake" nie!!!

  • - 2012-10-13 10:47

    This story can not pass a smell detector.

  • - 2012-10-13 10:53

    something doesnt add up here.... almost like the dewani case.... too many questions and loose ends.... i think this will go another way once scratched open...

  • eidel.bock - 2012-10-13 11:03

    This rat is as big as a horse. According to police reports a huge sum of money was deposit in his account. They immediately froze the account....Looking at his picture there are still frost in his beard…

      chantal.lawrieross - 2012-10-13 11:47

      what police reports??

      eidel.bock - 2012-10-13 11:57

      Read the Afrikaans version in Beeld

  • anele.mveku - 2012-10-13 11:04

    Something doesn't add up here. Why text the 15year old? Why not the son, the wife, the mother, the Aunt etc. On the ada hand mybe he had his reasons unkwn to us.

  • zipho500 - 2012-10-13 11:11

    Something just doesn't add up in this story! Well glad the lad is ok

  • ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-10-13 11:14

    where did he get the time to sms during the hijack ntllll i hate reading this types of stories.

      chantal.lawrieross - 2012-10-13 11:49

      agreed!! and if it does turn out to be a hoax then shame on him!! all the wasted time, worrying and effort from people looking and praying for him! What is wrong with people. I hope that it doesn't turn out to be the case but its really looking stranger by the day

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-13 13:24

      The truth is he was at his mistress.he just left the car not be fooled men are stupid animals!!!

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-13 13:24

      The truth is he was at his mistress.he just left the car not be fooled men are stupid animals!!!

  • ofentse.ramorula - 2012-10-13 11:20

    When this news broke out, I said people should take a moment and think cause it ddnt really make sense why a hijacked person can be able to send an sms and I got 23 thumbs down. Now the man appears out of the blue after three days, where was he? Lets see the thumbs down.

      luvo.luvos - 2012-10-13 11:55

      And not to mention the yellow bellied whingers who believed everything and were starting to condemn everything black

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-13 12:40

      I know, I got thumbs down as well when I suggested hoax.....tut tut.....

      dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-13 13:34

      I also got thumbs down for suggesting something is amiss. Just wait until the truth comes out. To some people 1+ 1 = 5.

      dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-18 18:33

      2 people that cannot put one and one together! Ha ha. Now the "victim" is on the run from the cops! Arrest his stupid @rse. People are soooo gullible!

  • paul.hemming.39 - 2012-10-13 11:38

    Hmmm ... suspicious circumstances ... but pleased to see that he is fine.

  • warren.mark.92 - 2012-10-13 11:42

    There's someting dodgy about this dad

  • antoine.tredoux - 2012-10-13 12:12

    I prayed for this man and asked God to please keep him safe, thank you Lord, one has to assume based on the initial info he was in trouble, just glad he is not another statistic to violent crime and yes God does answer prayers!

      dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-13 13:37

      So you did absolutely nothing in reality, but pretended to do something. Not very nice. Prayer is a hoax in itself.

      paul.myers.984 - 2012-10-13 13:48


      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-13 14:08

      @OrbitingTeapot I totally agree with you, maybe people should stop sitting on their asses praying and actually start doing something that matters!

      dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-13 14:51

      @charl. Can you imagine if I said that I chanted to my ancestors, threw animal bones and hung the talons of a raptor on my door to ask the spirits to ensure safety for this guy. Would people, especially christians, believe that I contributed anything worthwhile to the mans safe return? Of course not! But their religious chant (aka prayer) suddenly becomes valid because a 1700 year old book containing ridiculous stories of talking snakes, incest, infanticide, mysogony, murder, blood sacrifices and threats of violence says so. What an absurd and backward notion.

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-13 16:06

      @OrbitingTeapot you speak my language, the church in a whole is a money making business and keeping people believing, makes the money roll in and it will go on forever!

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-13 16:06

      @OrbitingTeapot you speak my language, the church in a whole is a money making business and keeping people believing, makes the money roll in and it will go on forever!

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-13 12:39

    Something a bit strange here? We better "watch this space".

  • Shaun McDermott - 2012-10-13 13:49

    i have my money on the story that he was staying with some woman he was having an affair with.

  • Kumsa Skumshero Matyolo - 2012-10-13 14:07

    idiot h mst tel hs family whr h was

  • WarrenStylin - 2012-10-13 14:53

    I've been in a armed robbery. I wasn't even close to the entrance when they stormed the place. I can tell you no one even dared move, never mind send an SMS. I think this is fishy. Sending an SMS when they are so close to you? Keeping the phone with them so long even though they know that a phone has GPS and can be traced? I think this is some kind of setup. But if I am wrong, I do apologize.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-10-14 07:59

      Insurance fraud comes to mind.

  • Chuma Lonwabo Madikane - 2012-10-13 16:43

    shame but this guy shud have just planned a trip to his ex brother inlaw and not got us worried. us pinetowners were starting to get paranoid about our joint

  • isabel.defaria - 2012-10-13 18:53

    @alicia you amaze me seems you are really in the dark one walks away from a hijacking alive or at least half dead. Maybe they were christian hijackers amen!! who allow him to use the phone took him on a joy ride ,then leave him on the side of the road. His call the the ex brother in law makes no sense at all. The family are going through a difficult time no doubt ,but it will be nothing compared to what they still have to go through when the truth comes out. Half the country can see that something is amiss here.

  • nicolene.lephuthing - 2012-10-13 20:09

    This story just don't add up 4 me how could u send an sms to a 15year old who's @ school at the time but then the truth will come out eventually. I just hope this guy won't get arrested 4 lying 2 police

  • jacqueline.redman.90 - 2012-10-13 20:45

    I dont believe if he was seeing a mistress, he would want to attract this amount of attention to himself...surely not.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-10-13 23:33

    i suspect he hijacked himself

  • siliziwem - 2012-10-14 09:52

    This is Chuck Norris...hijaking himself! Great movie boet, but you are on drugs!

  • pmolesworth - 2012-10-14 17:47

    Where there is smoke there is fire... using this as an excuse to be "off the leash" for a couple of days puts the family through great trauma, uses already streched police resources. I hope he is telling the truth but already it looks a bit starange .

  • Goboza Mashaba - 2012-10-14 21:57

    Somebody's going to jail for this space!

  • alice.botha - 2012-10-15 14:45

    Cant everyone stop judging him already? Do you remember that old saying "innocent till PROVEN guilty"? Bring the proof not more questions. Just think, if all the nay-sayers are wrong, you will be the cause of grief and embarrassment to the family....

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