2008-07-24 : Lucky escape as husband shoots hijackers

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2008-07-24 : Lucky escape as husband shoots hijackers

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Lucky escape as husband shoots hijackers

July 24 2008 at 08:22AM

By Yusuf Moolla & Jeff Wicks

Just weeks after Pinetown was confirmed as the hijack capital of
KwaZulu-Natal, two men were shot and killed while trying to hijack a
car in the area on Wednesday.

A woman was parked outside her daughter's home when two hijackers
approached the car.

Pinetown police Inspector Solomon Mbele said the woman ran into the
house when confronted by the hijackers.

"The daughter alerted her husband, who owns a pistol," Mbele said.

When the husband rushed out of the house, he was confronted by one of
the hijackers, whom he shot and killed.

Mbele said the husband then exchanged gunfire with the second hijacker.

"The man wounded the second hijacker in the abdomen, but he managed to
escape in a VW Polo getaway car."

However, the man's body was later found in Mariannhill.

"The man died of his wounds and his body was allegedly dumped by his
accomplices," said Mbele.

The family's identity has been withheld to protect them.

Mbele said that cases of attempted hijacking, attempted murder and
attempted robbery had been opened.

Wednesday's attack came after a Durban University of Technology
student was shot and killed on the evening of April 19 while
attempting to flee with a car he had hijacked in Pinetown.

He was a first-year student enrolled for human resources management.

Crime statistics released by the police a few weeks ago showed that
the Pinetown police station had recorded the most hijackings in the


The station recorded 203 incidents in the 2006/2007 financial year,
but this increased to 282 in the 2007/2008 year.

In another incident, a gun battle and chase preceded the arrest of two
hijackers in New Germany yesterday.

Mbele said a man was hijacked at gunpoint by two men while waiting for
his electric gate to open.

"The gunmen demanded the keys to his BMW. He, along with his wife and
three children, got out of the car. As the hijackers were reversing
into the road, security officers from the Taxi Violence Unit, who were
driving past, sprang into action."

Mbele said the hijackers fired shots at the officers, who returned fire.

"One suspect was detained and his counterpart fled in the stolen car.
A security officer gave chase and the two sped through New Germany.
The officer cornered the hijacker near Otto Volek Drive and he was
detained," he said. Two handguns were recovered.

The men are expected to appear in the Pinetown magistrate's court this week.

Meanwhile, a woman was shot several times in an incident in
Sunningdale, Durban, on Tuesday afternoon.

She is fighting for her life in hospital.

Police Superintendent Muzi Mngomezulu said the 30-year-old woman was
sitting in her car outside the Top Of The Hill road complex when she
was attacked. The motive of the attack was unknown.

Craig Adendorff, of the Sun Cell Watch community policing initiative,
said the woman had undergone reconstruction surgery to her face and
was in a critical condition.

The attackers escaped in a black Citroen C2.

"The car had paper number plates indicating it was brand new," said Adendorff.

o This article was originally published on page 3 of The Mercury on July 24, 2008
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