South Africa 3.7.2015 03:55 pm

Taxi driver foils KZN hijacking

Image credit: Nick Free

Image credit: Nick Free

A man who was held at knifepoint during a hijacking along M13 in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, was helped by a taxi driver who scared off the suspects.

It is alleged the man, Lourie Fourie, was returning from a provincial committee meeting in Pinetown on Monday evening when two armed suspects approached his vehicle and demanded his cellphone and cash while he was stuck in a traffic jam along the M13 after 5pm, Zululand Observer reported.

“They took my phone, and when I told them I did not have any cash, they opened the door and tried to pull me out. Fortunately I was strapped in by my safety belt.

“A taxi driver who was in the next lane saw the incident unfold and came running with his firearm. At the time, I did not know he was coming to my rescue. I thought he wanted to finish me off,” said Fourie.

Fourie added the taxi driver scared off the suspects and chased after them into a nearby shopping complex.

“Two passengers from the taxi then came over to help me and took the vehicle off the road. This shows that while there are bad people about, there are still helpful and good people in the world too,” added Fourie.

A case of theft is under investigation.

In October last year, an armed robbery turned awry when a suspected robber was hit by a taxi in Soshanguve after stabbing his victim.

The robber had been chasing after Andrew Masekoameng, 36, from Soshanguve, who ran across the street in front of a Toyota Quantum taxi.

Hercules police spokesperson Captain Bonginkosi Msimango said the suspected robber was declared dead by paramedics on the scene.

A case of culpable homicide was opened against the taxi driver.

– Caxton News Service

 

 

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