Bayview hijacking

Two Bayview women narrowly escaped with their lives after being hijacked last week coming home from church.

Wendy Abrahams, 46, dropped off a fellow parishioner who attends her church at the woman’s home in Octopus Avenue, Bayview, on Tuesday July 30 at 9.30pm when a Hilux bakkie pulled up in front of the women.

Six men ran towards Ms Abrahams’ VW Polo Vivo, all with guns in their hands.

“Their voices were aggressive, they just wanted us out of the car,” recalled Ms Abrahams. “We did not see them approaching as my car’s headlights were on when they arrived.”

Ms Abrahams ran from the scene, three houses away and hid behind a pillar. Had it been daylight they would have been able to see her, she said.

She said there was no one in the street at the time, even though two residents said afterwards they saw what happened. None of them opened their doors.

“They were afraid. If I were to see this happen to someone else I would have been afraid too, seeing all those guns,” said Ms Abrahams.

“The community and neighbourhood watch assisted us, when we notified them on our community chat groups. I am very alert and more aware of my surroundings now. I can’t handle being stationary in a car.

“It was by God’s grace that I am still alive today,” said Ms Abrahams.

Both women have been receiving trauma counselling.

The police said there has been no arrests yet and Ms Abrahams’ car, a white VW Polo Trendline with registration number CA 451336, has not been recovered.

If you have any information that will help in this investigation, call Detective Sergeant André Stevens at Strandfontein police on 021 370 1500, 021 370 1501 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.