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Man killed in attempted hijacking

Throwing cash out of the car window at a would-be hijacker saved a Pinetown woman this week.

Throwing cash out of the car window at a would-be hijacker saved a Pinetown woman this week.

Published Nov 23, 2010

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A 61-year-old country club manager from Port Elizabeth was killed in an attempted hijacking, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.

Walmer Country Club manager Jan Gerrit Hoekstra was on his way to the bank on Monday around 10am, when he was attacked on 9th Avenue in Walmer, said Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

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“A shot was fired by the suspect who tried to hijack his Opel Astra and he sped away. His car hit another motor vehicle slightly, he swerved to the side and hit a tree on the corner of 8th Avenue and Heugh Road.

“The incident was first treated as an accident scene, until paramedics noticed that he had a gunshot wound in his upper body while they were treating him. He later died on the scene,” Janse van Rensburg said.

She said nothing was taken from Hoekstra as his money and other valuables were found in the car.

Police were investigating, said Janse van Rensburg. - Sapa

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