De Lille urges caution after mayco member's hijacking

2016-04-28 17:35

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Cape Town – Councillors in the city must make sure that their neighbourhood watches are activated to patrol their areas, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Thursday after one of her team fell victim to a hijacking.

Suzette Little, a City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development, had returned home from a community meeting just after 20:00 on Tuesday when three men tried to hijack her city-issued BMW, the Cape Argus reported.

Little’s driver, Nuur Perrin, told the newspaper he had driven her to her Athlone home when an armed man came upon them and pointed the gun at his head.

A fire fight ensued between Perrin and the gang, leaving the vehicle and her home covered in bullet holes.

Little told Eyewitness News that the incident has left her family traumatised and that her daughter was so upset “she wouldn’t let me walk out the front door”.

De Lille said in a statement that she was grateful that Little and Perrin escaped serious harm.

“I also want to make an appeal to councillors to make sure that they activate their neighbourhood watches to patrol their areas to assist the police,” De Lille said.

The incident is one of a number of hijackings in Cape Town in recent weeks. On April 8, an Uber taxi cab was hijacked at Cape Town International Airport.

Times Media Group's digital editor Andrew Trench had ordered the Uber after arriving at the airport from Johannesburg.

“As we were reversing out of the parking garage, three guys hopped out of another car and came to the driver’s window," Trench told News24.

A week before, Uber driver, Webb-Law Chehore was shot dead while waiting for a client outside an apartment block in Rondebosch at about 05:00. The motive for the killing was unclear, News24 stated.

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