Woman killed in crash with hijackers

2013-03-05 09:08

Cape Town - A woman died when her car was hit by hijackers in a high speed chase with the police, it was reported on Tuesday.

Corne Welman, 41, was on her way to work early on Monday when the two hijackers skipped a red traffic light and hit her car on the corner of Buitengracht and Strand streets, The Cape Times reported.

The hijackers, from Nyanga and Philippi, were arrested at the scene. They had head injuries.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks told the newspaper another person was seriously injured in the crash.

Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk told the newspaper the flying squad had responded to a call about a green Toyota Avanza hijacked in Nyanga.

"The vehicle was travelling towards Cape Town when the flying squad members caught up with [it] close to the fire station in Cape Town," he said.

"When the occupants of the Avanza refused to adhere to the officers' instructions to stop at any of the red robots, the chase continued."

He said the Avanza crashed into an Opel Corsa at an intersection.

Police found a pistol with the serial number filed off, a magazine and two rounds in the car.

A murder case had been opened.

  • zainogp786 - 2013-03-05 09:22

    Another innocent soul taken by the evil grip of crime. May she R.I.P & her family be strong on this sudden loss in their lives...

  • Jason - 2013-03-05 09:22

    two words....."Death Penalty"

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-03-05 10:24

      How would that have prevented this death?

      DolceLucy - 2013-03-05 11:57


  • Sascha Rother - 2013-03-05 09:23

    Couldn't the hijackers just drive against a tree? It's so sad that somebody totally innocent gets killed because of such scum.

  • Hudayfah Newman - 2013-03-05 09:36

    You just never know when it's your time to go. Morning started seemingly normal, the next thing you know you in a casket. Condolences to the family.

  • Flippncool - 2013-03-05 09:36

    I think they had head injuries before the went through the red light.

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-03-05 09:39

    Lock them up and throw the key away..........

  • Lee Hensby - 2013-03-05 09:41

    Yet another inocent person murdered by low life criminals,it's time the death penalty was brought back,think of how much of our hard earned tax money would be saved!

  • flynn.govender - 2013-03-05 09:49

    This list of charges against these 2 criminals will be long, some of the charges that they might be charge with - murder, reckless driving, theft, speeding, no obeying a officer, unlicensed firearm, etc, etc. It is going to be a long time in jail for these 2 bastards, an innocent woman had to pay the price for all of this

  • msturmair - 2013-03-05 09:56

    death penalty

  • Ted Harilall - 2013-03-05 09:58

    To take an innocent life in SA is a slap in the wrist for criminals. Government just don't care anymore.

  • jabu.sithole.9231 - 2013-03-05 10:01

    Eish, imagine that even if u don't get hijacked u can still become a victim

  • Tshepo Kealogile - 2013-03-05 10:05

    Why the hell are they being taken to hospital?

  • Stephan Butler - 2013-03-05 10:07

    Proudly South African ANC government. If Zuma is a leader he would bring back death penalty for criminals. But then again he's incompetant to be a leader.

      Kaizer Tshigidimisa - 2013-03-05 10:28

      South African Government doesn't take importance issues serious,

      Jub Guy - 2013-03-05 15:27

      ya stephen we know how capable you are in leadership jst look at apartheid

  • Emmanuel Roodt - 2013-03-05 10:11

    The country with the highest crime rate outside a war zone. ABC News Australia reporter in South Africa.

  • Xaba Vusi - 2013-03-05 10:15

    Whose at fault now? The police or hijackers?

      Jimmy Don - 2013-03-05 10:33

      @ Xaba , very strange, actually mindless comment , I think it’s pretty much a clear cut case of the hijackers being at fault wouldnt you say?

      silenta.solly - 2013-03-05 11:10

      nope Xaba, its neither the police nor the hijackers.............its the ANC

  • boyisilestya.mafilika1 - 2013-03-05 10:33

    Let them rot in jail.

      Mitch Dufourq - 2013-03-05 11:00

      they won't rot cause we pay for them to live a life in jail... food, lodging, education... all the tax payers money, keeping them criminals alive. such a sad truth. RIP

  • Stefanie Malan - 2013-03-05 10:48

    Why are any of us still living in this hellhole?!

      Tlou Cruiser Shapo - 2013-03-05 13:58

      because of ANC.

  • marie.delarey - 2013-03-05 11:42

    Death penalty for murderers and the chop for rapists - not debatable!

  • Beverly Mac Wyne - 2013-03-05 11:57

    once again, the death penalty has to be brought back!! it is always the innocent people that get hurt!

  • Monique 'Mare' Hooper - 2013-03-05 12:55

    Another inocent lost a life if they didn't steal the car she would still be alive but they can never resist the urge and know we are gonne have to pay for them to get food and study further in prison what a waste

  • Tlou Cruiser Shapo - 2013-03-05 13:29

    what happening in mzansi.

  • Nyati_Photo - 2013-03-05 14:32

    Lock them away and then throw away the key. No words - RIP dear lady, wrong place at the wrong time. Very sad !!

  • stormerbandit - 2013-03-05 17:03

    I was there that morning yes they highjacked that vehical, yes they did'nt stop at the robot, yes the police also shot at the vehical in the cbd. I must take my hat off for the ambulance personel who tried for 20 min to revive her and u could see on their faces when they stoped that they where not happy. To the ladys husbund trust in the lord and sorry about your loss.

      Clarissa Lidder - 2013-03-29 19:12

      Dear Stormebandit The lady that died was my sister. I have tried to get in touch with the paramedics on the scene, as I have so many questions about that morning, but they refused. Would you be able to cast light on the matter for me, as you were there? I'm desperate for answers. Please get in touch with me, even if you can't answer my questions. Many thanks, Clarissa

  • Desre Franco - 2013-03-06 20:24

    The flying squad acted irresponsibly. When it was obvious to them that the hijackers weren't going to stop, they should have let them go given the fact that they were in a populated area. They are just as guilty for taking an innocent life. A life lost in order to save someone's material posession? Where are our priorities? Are the police not there to protect the public? We all know what happened - they were enthralled by the rush of power that being "on the right side of the law" gave them, and seriously neglected their most important duties. They should also be on trial.

      Jackie Daley - 2013-03-10 21:59

      I agree that the police acted irresponsibly by chasing criminals at high speed through the busy cbd. They have now caused the death of an innocent person.What have they gained by doing that?

      Clarissa Lidder - 2013-03-29 19:14

      Couldn't agree more. The lady that died was my sister. I am simply heartbroken and can't get on with my life!

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