‘I didn’t cry, or it would get worse’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO - TANYA WATERWORTH

“I TOLD them if you’re go­ing to kill me, do it one time.”

That was Dur­ban res­i­dent Marta Ru­bi­lar, who was ab­ducted by hi­jack­ers out­side her work in Pow­ell Road, Morn­ing­side, early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

News of her ab­duc­tion about 7.40am in the side lane off Um­geni Road spread quickly across What­sApp groups. This was in­ten­si­fied when a video of her ab­duc­tion by three armed men was re­leased on so­cial me­dia.

In the clip, Ru­bi­lar is seen park­ing and get­ting out of her Polo, while the men emerge from an­other Polo parked slightly in front of her on the road.

They grab Ru­bi­lar and bun­dle her into her ve­hi­cle. One as­sailant pushes her in and jumps into the back af­ter her, while an­other gets into the driver’s seat, and the third gets back into their ve­hi­cle, car­ry­ing her hand­bag.

The two ve­hi­cles leave the scene with the back door of the hi­jacked ve­hi­cle still slightly open.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day af­ter she had safely re­turned to work, Ru­bi­lar shared the de­tails.

“They came to­wards me and took my keys and my bag. I saw the gun point­ing at me, I couldn’t see any­thing else. They pushed me into my car and one per­son pushed my head down and cov­ered my face.

“I knew I had to stay calm. I didn’t cry or it would just get worse.”

She was later re­leased and man­aged to flag down a car and was taken to the po­lice sta­tion where she laid a charge.

A col­league had been sit­ting on a wall as the hi­jack­ing un­folded and ran in­side shout­ing to raise the alarm.

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