The face behind a crime statistic

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Thulani Ntshuntshe

Thulani Ntshuntshe

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Johannesburg - Two weeks ago, Thulani Ntshuntshe was hijacked outside his friend’s house in Tembisa. He was about to drive off when an unknown man walked up to his car and knocked on his window with a gun, ordering him to open the door.

Shocked, Ntshuntshe froze. The man tried to open the door, but it was locked. He pointed the gun at him and Ntshuntshe gave in and opened door, hoping to escape and allow the gunman to take the car without harming him. But the hijacker pushed him back into the car.

When he looked to the passenger side, three other men were shoving his friend – who was standing at the gate waiting to see Ntshuntshe off when the hijackers pounced – into the back seat.

The hijackers sped off with Ntshuntshe and his friend, forcing them to fix their gaze on the floor during the short drive.

“They pulled us out of the car when we got to an open veld between Tembisa and Ivory Park. They took our cellphones, money and my bank cards before tying us up with our shoelaces,” he said.

Fortunately, they were not harmed. They were left tied up in the open veld.

Around this time next year, Ntshuntshe will be part of the car hijacking statistics from Tembisa when the police minister releases the annual crime stats. Although hijackings have gone down in this Ekurhuleni township, a high number of people are still falling victim to hijackers.

The latest crime statistics show that car hijackings in Tembisa decreased by 31% from 142 in the 2014/15 financial year to 98 in 2015/16.

Despite having lost his car and personal belongings, Ntshuntshe is grateful that he is alive and was not harmed.

“Corpses always come out of that open veld, but we came out alive,” he said.

“I am still shaken, but I will be all right. The picture of those men pointing guns at us and forcing us to lie face down while tying us up is still vivid in my mind.”

“I have gone for counselling and will continue to do so until I am confident that I have put this traumatic incident behind me,” Ntshuntshe said.

He opened a case of hijacking at the Tembisa Police Station, but no arrests have been made. The car has not been found.

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