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30 January 2012 at 14:25 - Posted by Anonymous

“F*** off” says mom to hijackers


A woman escaped with her and her young son's life on Monday morning, when they were involved in an attempted hijacking while reversing out of their driveway in Reservoir HIlls, west of Durban.

Rebecca Pillay, a nurse and mother to a five-year-old boy were about to go to her son's creche at about 06h30, when a white car grinded to a halt in front of her car and an armed man exited, while pointing a gun at her.

Pillay told IOL that she refused to exit her vehicle.

“As I was reversing, I looked back after hearing a loud screech and the next thing, he (the armed man) was ordering me to get out of my car. He said: 'Get out. Get out. Leave him (Pillay's son).”

Pillay said that in a heartbeat, she accelerated away as fast as possible and in the process, knocked the man.

“When I drove past him, I knocked him off balance and the gun didn't quite fall out of him hand, but he lost his grip on it.” She said, the alleged hijacker wasn't injured and he jumped into the getaway car.

Pillay then sped down the road and all the way onto the busy Mount Batten Drive.

“As I sped away, they gave chase. When I reached a red robot, I shot passed it and that's when I managed to lose them and hide.”

Pillay said that from her hiding place, she could see the hijackers patrolling along the street supposedly looking for her.

“I called my boyfriend to tell him that my mother was alone at my home and I was so afraid they (they hijackers) were going to go back for her. But he (Pillay's boyfriend) called security and the Sydenham police station and the cops escorted us to my home.”

Pillay said she doesn't know exactly where the courage to fight back came from.

“When he (the hijacker) asked me to get out of my car, there was no way I was going to leave my son behind. Absolutely not. I told him to f*** off and I just floored it and drove away.”

Asked if she was not afraid that the hijacker would shoot, Pillay said she took a calculated risk when she made the decision to escape.

“He had plenty opportunity to shoot. It's the way he was holding the gun, and even after I had driven off, he could have fired, but he didn't. I don't think the gun was even loaded. I just think he saw me as a soft target.”

Pillay said her frustration with the levels of crime in the country had reached a point where she could no longer be complacent about it.

“Afterward (after police escorted Pillay home) my neighbours all said they'd been victims of hijacking and crime and some of them said they saw the guy standing in front of me with the gun.

“If they (her neighbours) all saw what was happening, why could'nt they set off their house alarms to distract them (the hijackers)? We all worry about ourselves. We don't worry about each other,” she said.

Pillay said she places her courageous spirit to fight back to an innate desire to serve on the police force and to being a mother.

“I struggled to conceive my son and I would take a bullet for him before I would let someone put his life in danger.

“I've always wanted to join the police force, but because of a height restriction, I could not.”

She said had her son not been in the car, she doubts she would have handed over her vehicle.

“You've got to do what you can to protect yourself,” she says, holding off on saying what further damage she might have done to the man who attempted to hijack her during Monday morning's events.

Pillay said there were three occupants in the car and one of them was lying flat down on the back seat. She said all of them looked to be in their teens and early 20s, and none of them were wearing face masks.

Meanwhile KZN police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said Pillay did not report the case immediately because she was traumatised, but that she would talk to police later on Monday afternoon. - IOL

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