Motorist’s terrifying N2 hijack ordeal after hitch-hiker pick-up

Nthabeleng Hosea Morabane - relieved to have survived the hijacking PHOTO: Tamlyn Jolly

A RICHARDS Bay man was left traumatised last week after he was hijacked at gunpoint, forced into the boot of his car and driven around for hours while the hijackers allegedly tried selling his car on the black market.

The incident occurred at about 6am on Tuesday at the N2 eNseleni on-ramp.

‘I came down the on-ramp towards the N2 and saw two men hitch-hiking,’ said Nthabeleng Morabane (29).

‘I stopped to give them a lift. Once they were in my car they produced firearms and told me to pick up another two hitch-hikers waiting about 500m further on.

‘After we picked them up, they also produced firearms and told me to drive towards Mtubatuba.

‘When we reached the Mfolozi River bridge, they ordered me to pull over and at gunpoint instructed me to get into the boot of my car.’

Morabane said his hijackers spent the next few hours driving around, making telephone calls to potential black market buyers.

He said they also stopped on two occasions and it sounded as if the hijackers robbed two shops.

‘At some point, much later in the day, it sounded as if two of the hijackers got bored waiting on their buyers and asked to be taken home.

Morabane said he was let out of the boot of his vehicle somewhere in the bush in Mandlazini and he ran away.

‘I did not go too far, but stopped where I could still see my car. The hijackers soon left and I then ran for help.’

Morabane said the police, with help from Tracker, recovered his VW Polo Vivo and it was taken to the Richards Bay Police Station.

SAPS Communications Officer, Captain Debbie Ferreira, confirmed that a case of hijacking is under investigation.

No arrests have yet been made.

According to Morabane, during the night his vehicle was parked at the police station, its battery and wheel caps were stolen.

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