Jack Marcelino, Terry Kung survive hour-long hijacking Tues Feb 8 2011
Bryanston resident Moira Marcelino listened to her husband Jack's hour-long hijacking ordeal over her cellphone - fearing he could be shot dead any minute.
Mrs Marcelino was interviewed by Afrikaans journalist Jacques Steenkamp about the terrifying experience on Tuesday-night.
Her 66-year-old husband Jack was dropped off at their Bryanston home at around 20:40 by a Chinese friend, Terry Kung, 58. The two men had a dinner together in a Paulshof restaurant. Moira said her husband phoned her from outside the electronic gate, telling her to open it from inside the house because he'd forgotten the key.
"Halfway through our conversation his phone went off. I didn't open the gate and phoned him back but there was no reply. I saw lights at the gate and heard voices."
She took their dog outside to find out what happened: but the street was empty. "I phoned Terry's cellphone again and he answered but did not speak - I heard another man saying that "he only has R400 cash and his credit card with him'. Initially I thought the police may have pulled them over and wanted a bribe.'
Then she heard a strange man's voice screaming: "Shut up and close your eyes'. She then realised that her husband was in great danger: and so was Terry Kung: the Chinese friend's car had been followed by a white BMW from the restaurant, five armed black men hijacked Kung's car in front of Marcelino's gate and kidnapped the two friends at gun-point, chasing off with them in the BMW, she said.
She was able to hear the conversations inside the BMW with one ear while calling the SAPF and their security service ADT with their house-telephone against the other ear, she said. When the gunmen demanded Marcelino and Kung's bankcards and PIN-codes, his wife - who works at ENB - immediately had both their accounts frozen. The police and ADT were at my house after a brief time and also wanted to listen in but they made such a racket that the thugs heard them through the cellphone and ended the call,' she said. She then expected the worst: she was unable to contact either man. About 22:10 had husband phoned her from a house in Vorna Valley Midrand, saying both were safe - and the police went to fetch them there. Mr Marcelino said that he was 'sure that the gangsters thought the police were on their trail when they heard the noise through the cellphone. We were shoved from the car and they chased off.' The police now are 'investigating'.
Mr Marcelino's watch and jewellery was ripped off. However when they took a gold ring his mother had given him, they gave it back. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Kaping-oor-foon-gehoor-20110211