Man (60) narrowly survives hijacking ordeal | Phoenix Sun

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Man (60) narrowly survives hijacking ordeal | Phoenix Sun

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The blue Renault Clio that was hijacked on Umhlanga Rocks Drive, north of Durban, but was later recovered by the police.

A 60-year-old man who survived a frightening hijacking on Umhlanga Rocks Drive, north of Durban, recently, said he was still traumatised and shaken from the incident.
Police officials said the victim (whose name is known to the Phoenix Sun) was driving his vehicle in that area in the morning.
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Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane, said, “While stationary at the set of robots, his path of travel was blocked by two armed men. At gunpoint, they forced him to the back seat of his vehicle and drove towards the R102 Road (heading towards Amaoti) to a service station.’’
Lt Col Zwane said while all the series of events unfolded, the victim later noticed that there was a parked police vehicle at the station and managed to jump off and inform the police about the ordeal.
Police intervened and when they searched the suspects, they discovered cellphones worth R300, 000, credit cards, an unlicensed firearm, a knife, as well as ammunition.

The two suspects, aged 19 and 22, were placed under arrest and are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrates Court in due course on charges of carjacking, pointing of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The victim, who spoke to the Rising Sun after the ordeal, said, “I was alone in the car when I was hijacked. One of the suspects pointed a firearm at me and then they drove off. There were two of them.’’
He said he also noticed that the suspects couldn’t drive properly.
“It seemed to me that there was another group that was following us because while we were still in the car, they kept on calling other people on the phone asking how far they were. I was so terrified,” he said.
The traumatised victim added, “Seeing that they couldn’t drive, they forced me to drive while pointing a gun at me.”
He drove until they reached a service station.
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“While we were there, I immediately spotted a police vehicle. I can’t even explain what was happening to me at that time, but I was courageous enough to jump out of my car and inform the police of what I was going through,” he said.
He added that was when the suspects were eventually nabbed.
“I am still traumatised and shaking even now, but I’m relieved that the law has taken its course and that the suspects have been arrested. I reported the matter to the management at work, who have since arranged a counselling session for me,” he concluded.
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