A 52-year-old Polokwane business owner
was severely beaten and
left for dead in a hijacking, his friends said on Wednesday.
Owner of Limpopo Tractors, Thys Diedericks was accosted by four men, one armed with a pistol, the others with pangas, in the parking lot of the Savannah shopping mall around 7.15pm on Tuesday night, his friend and colleague Stefan Myburgh said.
They threw him into the back of his Isuzu double cab bakkie and drove in the direction of Mankweng, stopping along the way and dragging Diedericks into the bush.
They beat him until he was unconscious and fled with his vehicle, three cellphones, bank cards and some cash. One of the suspects drew R3000 from his bank account using an ATM in Mankweng in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Myburgh said.
Early Wednesday morning, Diedericks became conscious thanks to heavy rain. He crawled to the road where a passing minibus taxi stopped to pick him up. The driver took him to Mankweng Provincial Hospital, where his family, who had been searching for him, found him.
He was transferred to Limpopo Medi Clinic. He had a cracked skull and multiple cuts and fractures. His eyes were swollen shut and half his ear had been torn off.
Polokwane police spokesperson Inspector Lesiba Ramoshaba said no criminal case had yet been reported to them. Myburgh however said Diedericks was reported missing and a case opened early on Wednesday morning. Subsequently cases of hijacking, assault, and robbery were opened.
No arrests had been made and the vehicle, registration number BPY 056 L, was still missing.
|Address:||Savannah shopping mall, Polokwane|
|Crime Date/Time:||27 Jan 2010, 00:01 AM|
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|Reported Date:||28 Jan 2010, 09:01 AM|