Sunday, July 06, 2008

Car-hijackings – a casual affair

14 201 hijackings in 2006/07 – foreign readers: read the number carefully again.

That’s 40 cars per day stolen at gunpoint, many involving people getting shot and killed.

A good friend of mine aged 29 was shot in the head and killed a few years back in a hijacking. He was a promising lawyer. His mother was sitting next to him.

Me, I’ve survived three attempted hijackings, one attack involved shots being fired at my car with my wife and two baby boys in the car.

But hey, not your problem, right? Your governments put the ANC terrorists into power albeit with a lot of marching and protesting from you, the people. You all bought into the 'apartheid is bad' propaganda. Yes, this 'new' South Africa is so much better.

Go back to eating your Big Mac and idolise Mandela or something. You don’t need to relate to the suffering of the South African people. Just say to yourself, “There but for the grace of God go I”.

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Hijackings have evolved in South Africa over the last few years.

At first, hijackers targeted secluded robots or businesses, and then the shopping malls.

Then it went into the suburbs, where hijackers waited for you to come home and pounced while opening your gate, planning their every move.

Now, it is everywhere, and anywhere.

They don’t even need to hide and catch you by surprise, or even plan the crime. Instead, they just see the car of their choice, stop, and say, “Hey get out of your car!”

Well that is what happened to Durban pharmacy student Nasreen Omarjee a few days ago.

According to the Daily News, Nasreen was dropping off notes at a friend’s house around 7.30pm on Monday. While she was parked outside talking to her friends, a car casually drove past and parked in front of her.

Omarjee said that while they were still wondering who the people were, three men jumped out of the vehicle carrying guns.

"One told me to get out of the car as I was still sitting inside. They then searched for valuables, took all they could find and drove off casually," she said.

A friend of Omarjee's, Ismail Ballim, who was with Omarjee at the time, said that in his view the hijacking was not planned.

"The thieves just saw a chance as they passed by and grabbed it. This is why any innocent person going about their normal business is in danger. They took off they just drove away like the car was rightfully their own."

Hijackings have evolved into such a casual affair that without you even knowing it, that friendly guy driving next to you, will be driving off with your car a few moments later.

And, he will be driving off in it as though it was his in the first place!

Now, who are we to challenge that?

1 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Everyone in South Africa knows someone who has been affected by serious crime. That is a scary statistic.