A man’s life was spared after the pistol pointed at him jammed and the hijacker casually walked away in Benoni on the East Rand yesterday.
The victim, Theo Izaakse, said: “As I pulled out of the garage at my house, two guys wearing blue overalls and balaclavas approached me. One of the men held a 9mm pistol against my head and forced me to lie on the ground.
“He then picked me up and threw me on the floor in the garage. While I was lying on my back there, he pointed the gun at me again and pulled the trigger. Luckily the pistol jammed.
“He then took my watch, casually walked out and closed the garage door. I could hear my car being driven away,” Izaakse told the Benoni City Times.
The car was recovered within half an hour, in Lincoln Road, Benoni South, less than a 4km drive away.
Izaakse said his work laptop, GPS and wallet (with ID document in) were in the car when it was stolen, as well as a Tracker, which he activated shortly after the theft.
He explained the incident had pushed him over the edge, saying: “I’m definitely going to move away after this”.
“I was shaking like a leaf during the whole thing.
“When he forced me to the ground while pointing the gun at me, I thought I was done.”
Izaakse called for a stronger police presence in Western Extension, to combat what he feels is a rise in crime in the area.
Benoni police spokesperson Constable Zunickha Essakjee confirmed the incident, saying no arrests had been made.
Investigations are ongoing.
– Caxton News Service