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10 October 2012 at 16:41 - Posted by Anonymous

Hijacked dad’s SMS seen too late - SANEWS


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Durban - Moments after a father of two was hijacked, he managed to send an SMS to his teenaged daughter – “help, hijacked”.

She saw it only four hours later, when she returned home from school and switched on her cellphone.

The use of cellphones during school hours is prohibited at most schools.

Leon van Rensburg, 52, of Alfred Road, New Germany, was last seen on Tuesday at 9am, when he left the Hillcrest offices of the company he works for.

His distressed wife Shirley told the Daily News he had dropped her at her workplace at 8.15am.

Van Rensburg was a technical service support specialist for a communications company and travelled extensively, she said.

The family realised he had been taken by hijackers only when his daughter arrived home from school. She switched on her cellphone and found a distress SMS from her father.

“Help, hijacked,” it read.

She alerted her mother, who contacted Pinetown police. The case has been transferred to Hillcrest police for investigation.

KZN police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane, confirmed that a case had been opened at Hillcrest. He said the victim was hijacked in Frazer Road, Hillcrest.

“We just want him to come back home safely. His safe return is our priority,” his wife said.

Adriaan Bekker, of the South African Community Action Network, said Van Rensburg was driving a white Toyota Tazz, registration number NU 11880.

Bekker said the SMS had been sent at about 10.41am.

Van Rensburg is 190cm tall, weighs 80kg, is thin and has brownish-grey hair.

Anyone with information should contact their nearest police station.

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