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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg businessman who shot dead one of two men who attempted to hijack him says he had no choice but to defend himself.
“It’s an awful thing to have killed another person, but they left me no choice,” said Brian Calitz.
The 58-year-old Montrose resident, who is military trained, said that as terrible an ordeal as it was, the message to would-be criminals must get out that people are not going to sit back and become victims.
The drama unfolded on Friday morning when Calitz had returned about 10.30am to drop off gardening equipment. He was confronted by two men who demanded his watch and car.
Calitz said he realised things were going to get bad for him if they could not start his hybrid vehicle. He reached into his pocket for his gun, and shot.
Calitz has carried a firearm for the past seven years after falling victim to crime.
“If you own a firearm, you must be trained to use it. And if you are confronted in such a situation, you must not hesitate to use it. It’s in that moment that you pause, that you can lose it all,” said Calitz.
Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said an inquest as well as an attempted hijacking case were being investigated.
He said two cellphones and a large, undisclosed amount of cash were found on the deceased.
The second suspect escaped.