Failed hi­jack at­tempt on DA leader

Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - MPHATHI NXUMALO

DA KZN leader Zwakele Mncwango has warned South Africans to be wary of crim­i­nals who try to take ad­van­tage of the coun­try’s fo­cus on the coro­n­avirus, in­stead of on crime.

He said this af­ter sur­viv­ing a hi­jack­ing at­tempt at his home in Westville yes­ter­day. Mncwango said he be­lieved crim­i­nals were tar­get­ing sub­urbs dur­ing this time of fear, and urged South Africans to be vig­i­lant.

Re­call­ing events, Mncwango said he had just re­turned to his Westville home in his Toy­ota For­tuner from a shop­ping mall yes­ter­day morn­ing. The Daily News last year re­ported that Toy­otas were the most hi­jacked ve­hi­cles, with 5 253 ve­hi­cles stolen.

“As I was about to en­ter the house, I was on the phone with Chris Pap­pas talk­ing about get­ting masks for the coro­n­avirus when I saw four heav­ily armed guys run­ning to­wards me,” he said.

Mncwango said the dis­tance be­tween the gate and where he was stand­ing was about 15 me­tres. As the men rushed to­wards him, Mncwango rushed to his ve­hi­cle and lunged for the panic but­ton he kept in­side the con­sole.

“They thought that I was reach­ing for a gun when in fact it was the panic but­ton,” he said.

As soon as they saw Mncwangwo do this, the men ran to their white BMW 1 series parked out­side the house. “One of them nearly did not make it back to the car be­fore it sped off, and he had to jump in,” he said.

Mncwango was go­ing to go to the po­lice sta­tion later in the day to re­port the in­ci­dent.

Zwakele Mncwango

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