Widow relives hijacking horror

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The widow of an elderly Pretoria man yesterday told the North Gauteng High Court how her husband had been shot dead during a car hijacking four years ago.

Magrieta Vorster testified in the trial of Goodwill Thapelo Mafatshe, 30, of Mabopane, who pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and illegal possession of a firearm.

Vorster said she and her husband were on their way home after a braai in September 2009 when she noticed an unoccupied car in the road across from their complex in Willow Glen in Pretoria.

She was trying to open the security gate when she looked up and saw a man pointing a revolver at her face. There were two other men next to their car as well.

“I could immediately see in his face that he was serious about shooting. My husband had a stroke about five years earlier. I looked at him and saw that he was in a state of shock.

“I told him ‘Dear, get out and let them take the car’, but I could see he had frozen. The next moment the robber broke the window, pulled open the door and started shooting.

“I thought I could phone someone for help. When he realised I was taking my handbag he started hitting and kicking me and I started screaming. He grabbed my handbag, climbed into the car and raced away.

“Then I saw my husband on the ground. He was struggling to breathe. I wanted to go to my husband but realised I had been shot in the leg and could not walk,” she said.

A neighbour took the couple to hospital, where attempts were made to resuscitate her husband, but he was declared dead.

Vorster was hit in the hand and leg and had to undergo an operation to remove a bullet from her leg. She said her car had a tracking system and was recovered by the police the next day.

According to the charge sheet, Mafatshe was arrested while he was in possession of Mrs Vorster’s car.

The trial continues.



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