Woman tells of killing hijacker

2018-09-20 15:45
Instructor shoots man dead while held at knifepoint

Instructor shoots man dead while held at knifepoint

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


WATCH: Motorist ploughs BMW through group of pupils outside Joburg school

2018-09-20 12:18

A motorist who ploughed through a group of pupils outside Allen Glen High School in Johannesburg is under investigation. Watch.WATCH

With a knife held to her neck and another held to the neck of her student driver, a Durban woman shot and killed one of six men who tried to hijack her on Saturday.

The woman, who is a driving instructor, had a learner driver with her in the car when the incident occurred. The pair were driving along Old Main Road in Pinetown on Saturday morning and as they neared the traffic lights, six men with knives approached them. The woman, who asked not to be named, said one of the men got his hand through the window and unlocked all the car doors. She said a man went to the learner driver and held a knife against the learner’s neck while another man held a knife to her throat.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the women were robbed of their belongings including cellphones. The other four men had tried to get into the back seat of the car when the woman warned the man holding the knife to her throat to stop what he was doing. She asked the man multiple times to leave them alone as she had a firearm. After warning the men, Mbele said the woman drew her firearm and “fatally shot” one of the men.

Mbele said the other men fled from the scene on foot.

The instructor said the whole ordeal had not been easy and that she had been feeling “a lot of different emotions, especially anxiety”.

“My family and friends have been very supportive,” said the instructor.

“I have been an instructor for 17-and-a-half years and I have never had an experience like this.”

She added that the learner driver had not taken the incident well but that she also had lots of people supporting her.

“The challenge now is to return to work,” she said. “People say stay away from certain routes and divert from my normal routes, but it is difficult.”

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  crime

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.