Hijacker killed in 'mini war' in Joburg suburb

2017-02-01 11:32
Forensic experts search the crime scene in Kew for clues. (Ügen Vos, Netwerk24)

Forensic experts search the crime scene in Kew for clues. (Ügen Vos, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Two members of a private tracking company’s reaction unit shot dead a heavily-armed hijacker in Kew, Johannesburg, and wounded another in what residents have described as a “mini war”, Netwerk24 reported. 

Renier, 35, and Rusty, 36, who work for Rentrak, said all hell had broken loose after they cornered the hijackers in Ninth Street just after 13:00 on Tuesday. 

They didn’t want to give their full surnames for security reasons. 

“They were in the hijacked car in the driveway of a house when we found them and they tried to take us out from there,” Renier said.

“They didn’t even try to flee. They just started shooting at us.”  

'I wondered if we'd survive'

Renier and Rusty returned fire, killing one hijacker and seriously wounding the other.  

Residents said the hijackers started shooting at random.   

“There were four of us in our house, and some of the bullets hit the roof,” said a resident who asked not to be named.

He closed his security gate shortly before the shoot-out after seeing a strange car parked in the road for 10 to 15 minutes.  

“I just heard duh-duh-duh-duh as the shots rang out. We all hit the deck and stayed there until the shooting had subsided, but it was like a nightmare. I wondered if we’d survive because it was like a mini war in the street,” he said. 

Frank Tapneck, 69, and his wife were on their way home after lunch and had just missed the shooting. 

“We weren’t sure of what had happened, but the shock set in when neighbours gave us more details.” 

Tazz Gallinakas, 38, rushed home when a neighbour phoned him at work to tell him what was going on.

“It looked like a mini war zone when I got here. There were police cars everywhere,” he said.

'Glad I am alive'

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said police confiscated two AK-47 assault rifles found at the scene. The wounded hijacker was taken to hospital under police guard.

The men had hijacked a Hyundai H1 minibus in the area earlier that day, he said. 

“I’m shocked, but just glad that I’m alive,” said Adam Ebrahim, 33, whose car it was which had been hijacked.

He said the two hijackers got out of a black Mercedes-Benz at a mall in Fordsburg and held a gun to his head before speeding off in his car. 

“I couldn’t see their faces clearly because they forced me with the gun to lie on the ground while they were stealing my car,” Ebrahim said. 

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Max Cohen said the wounded hijacker was in a critical condition.

He said Renier and Rust, both former police officers, sustained light shrapnel wounds, but declined treatment. 

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