Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Another motorist in violent hijacking

Candice Bailey

April 15 2008 at 02:06PM

A Mandalay neighbourhood watch member is on life support in Groote Schuur Hospital after being shot in the head by a gang who hijacked him in broad daylight.

Patrick Wilson, 50, was shot in the back of the head in Morgenster Road in Mitchells Plain on Monday morning while waiting for a relative to return from an errand.

This is the second hijacking in Cape Town within 12 hours in which a person was shot in the head.

Bergvliet resident Jane van Zyl died after being shot in the head as she pulled into her driveway on Sunday night. The men took only her handbag.

In Monday's incident, Wilson, who lives and owns a shop in Mandalay, had been stocking up on supplies in Mitchells Plain and had made a quick stop at the "Eight til Late" shop.

He had been checking one of his tyres when four men approached and demanded his car keys at gunpoint.

According to police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana, the men took Wilson's wallet and firearm before shooting him in the head. They then drove off in his white Hyundai bakkie.

The vehicle was later found in Thembani in Khayelitsha.

Speaking from hospital last night, his eldest daughter, Renecia Wilson, said the family was devastated.

She had last seen her father on Monday morning when he moved his car so that she could leave for work in hers.

"We have a very good relationship.

"We are so close. I just want my dad to survive. But the doctor said he was brain dead and said that if he does not improve, they will ask us if they can switch off the life support," Renecia said.

"My mom is in a state. And the whole family is upset."

The family was expected to meet doctors on Tuesday to discuss Wilson's condition.

Renecia, who was at the hospital last night with her mother Eva, her siblings, Angelo, Nino and Juanita, and relatives and friends, said she was at work when she got a call saying she should come home.

"They didn't tell me what happened but everyone was hysterical and I had a feeling it was something about my dad."

She said he had been looking forward to the arrival of his grandson in four weeks time.

Sinyangana said the men were still at large and that an attempted murder investigation had been opened.

Mitchells Plain Community Police Forum chairperson Abe Isaacs said they were saddened by the incident.

"Our request is that the law enforcement agencies speed up the investigation and leave no stone unturned," said Isaacs.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Cape Argus on April 15, 2008


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