Hijackers throw oil on windscreen to stop motorist

HIJACKERS forced a businesswoman to stop her vehicle after throwing an oily substance on her windscreen that made it impossible for her to see where she was going.

The woman, who asked not to be named, was travelling alone to Newcastle, at 7am on Saturday morning (August 5) when the incident occurred along the Dundee / Vryheid Road in the vicinity of Stilwater.

The driver of a silver Audi overtook the woman, who was driving a silver VW Polo Vivo, and a passenger in the Audi threw something at her windscreen which splattered it with oil.

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Switching on the windscreen wipers only made things worse for the businesswoman as it became impossible for her to see through the oily smears.

“The Audi drove on for a bit. I stopped the car and was attempting to wipe the oil off the windscreen when the Audi came back. A passenger got out of the vehicle and asked what had happened. I started to tell the man that there was something oily on my windscreen, when he pulled out a gun. I was so shocked, it felt like I was losing my mind. The man drove away in my car and, for a while, I just stood there not knowing what to do,” said the woman.

“If you have something thrown at your windscreen, do not spray with water or operate your wipers,” advises SAPS Vryheid communications officer, Captain Cheryl Venter, who confirmed that a case of hijacking was being investigated. “Continue driving until you find a place that is safe enough to stop.”

Captain Venter went on to caution business people travelling along the Blood River crossing to be aware that a number of robberies have been reported in that area.

“Business people travelling early in the morning or late at night, especially foreign business owners who may be in possession of a lot of cash, are being targeted at the Blood River crossing where motorists are forced to slow down over the bumps,” warned Captain Venter.

“If you are travelling on business, avoid carrying a lot of cash, change your route regularly, do not let staff know which route you are using, and notify a family member of your whereabouts,” she advised.

Estella Naicker

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