|Dormehl Str, Woodstock, Cape Town (Google street view)|
There are so many fishy things going on in South Africa at the moment – it’s hard to cover them all. Besides the devious behavior of South African politicians, the list of crazy things seemingly ‘normal’ people get up to is endless. In fact, anyone with a healthy journalistic talent and some initiative could quite easily be able to make a living from a monthly magazine titled: “Crazy things people do in South Africa.”
A news report published in Volksblad today is a fine example. The news report is about a hijacking and robbery that took place in broad daylight in the suburb of Woodstock, Cape Town. The victim in this ungainly episode is a 24 year-old blonde lady. Her name is irrelevant for purposes of this posting, but her hair colour may possibly be significant ;-)
According to Volksblad the lady was hijacked before, in Rondebosch, in November last year. In a crime ridden place like South Africa it is not entirely impossible for someone to become the victim of a hijacking twice within a short period of time, however – I am rather astonished that the victim in this case made three critical judgment errors, which tells me that she was either still traumatized from her previous ordeal, or had not learned anything from it. Or is there perhaps more to this story than meets the eye?
Here is what happened in the most recent incident (Readers can decide for themselves whether the incident is fishy, or not):
1st Judgment Error:
When the victim made a R30,000 cash withdrawal at a bank in the The Gardens suburb of Cape Town, two men standing behind her decided to follow her. Even the bank confirmed that they noticed the suspicious men and also how they followed the victim.
2nd and 3rd Judgment Errors:
The victim then proceeded to drive, alone, to a secluded alleyway (Dormehl street, Woodstock) where she parked her car and climbed out, carrying the cash with her in a rucksack. She was soon confronted by two black men, who suddenly appeared on the scene from nowhere. One of them ordered her to remain calm and to throw her keys and cellphone on the ground - because his mate had a firearm.
The scene was caught on closed-circuit video, and clearly shows how the ‘car guard’ is ‘restrained’ while the robbery is in process. The video also shows how the two thieves are swiftly joined by two more villains, and how all four escape the scene in the stolen vehicle.
I suppose the young lady can count herself lucky - these savages did not consider her as part of the loot!
Click here to read the story in Afrikaans, in Volksblad.