Failed hijack attempt on DA leader
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.