Tourism minister escapes dramatic hijacking

2015-02-26 11:23

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Johannesburg - Gauteng police are on the trail of three hijackers who attempted to hijack Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom outside his Johannesburg home.

Netwerk24's Jody Nel reported on Thursday that Hanekom arrived at his Kensington residence at about 19:30 on Monday night. Three men driving a Golf 5 pulled up and attempted to steal his official vehicle, a Mercedes Benz.

According to police, one suspect carrying a firearm got out of the Golf and ordered Hanekom's driver out of the car. Shots were fired and Hanekom's bodyguards managed to fight off the hijackers.

Nobody was injured in the incident and the hijackers fled the scene. The car was slightly damaged.

Police do not believe that Hanekom was specifically targeted, and are treating it as a normal attempted hijacking.

Eyewitness News reported that a 9mm pistol was left behind at the scene, and it is in the possession of the police.

Read more on:    derek hanekom  |  johannesburg  |  crime  |  hijackings
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