HIJACKER STEALS CAR WITH BABY INSIDE
A Tsolamosese mother watched in horror on Wednesday morning as a knife wielding hijacker sped off with her two- year- old daughter at Extension 10 in Gaborone.
Chadza Ngeza, 47, an Assistant Teacher at As-We-Grow kindergarten was opening the school gate in the early morning hours when a man that was standing near by suddenly started walking to the car.
Speaking in an interview a few hours after the incident the distraught mother said: “When I arrived at work at around 0645 am I noticed that there was a man standing by the tree next to the gate, but I simply greeted him and went to the gate leaving the car engine on with my baby inside,” she said with a trembling voice.
“While I was trying to open the gate I saw the man move from the tree to the car and I became suspicious and left the gate.
He was at the driver’s door when I got to the car and we struggled for the door.
When I was about to overpower him, he took out a knife and aimed at me.
I ducked and retreated and that gave him a chance to get into the car.
I held on to the door as he reversed but he eventually shook me off and drove off.
I was worried sick about what he was going to do to my daughter as I helplessly watched him drive off with my baby.”
But just as when she was about to lose hope and fear for the worst, the criminal stopped the car briefly and tossed the wailing child out and sped off again.
An Indian Good Samaritan gave the traumatised mother and child a ride to the hospital and offered his cell phone for her to call the police.
Meanwhile social media posts by her boss’ son, Jordan Vista had yielded information that indicated that the stolen car was spotted in Tlokweng.
“We searched where it was said to have been spotted and in the nearby bushes but we we did not find anything.
Central Police Station Commander, Superintendent Modisaotsile Bonang confirmed the incident and said they had neither made any arrests nor had any useful leads.
“We sent alerts to other Police stations but we haven’t had any leads,” he said.
Bonang cautioned drivers to be careful at Nelson Mandela traffic lights.
“There are thieves who occasionally break into vehicles and steal valuables especially from women.
I appeal to people to hide their valuables when they are driving, especially late in the evening.
Ngeza expressed gratitude that although her car was gone her daughter had survived the highjacking.
“A car can be replaced but I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself if he had gone away with my daughter or hurt her.” She said