- Two hijackers opened up about their lives, in particularity what led them to commit crimes
- Their interview shed a bit more light on the hijackers' point of view in a crime that effects South Africans each day
- However, one of them did admit he felt sorry for his victims, but added he had a job to do
With hijackings at an all time high in South Africa, it is interesting to see things from the thugs' point of view.
So many South Africans' lives have been disregarded by hijackers, who only care about making some extra cash.
But, things are not always as simply as it seems and a report by Wheels24 showed things from the hijackers' perspective.
An interview Pro-Active SA's managing director, Ryno Schutte, had with two convicted hijackers shed some light on their lives.
"Both ex-cons came from two different walks of life but they both confirmed some sketchy yet valuable insight into hijackings and organised crime. It was confirmed that the suspects received around R5000 - R7000 for a German manufactured vehicle," Schutte said.
Briefly.co.za learned the reasons why both men turned to crime was different, one said he was desperate at the time while the other said he started at a young age and his rep as a bad boy scored him major points with his peers.
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Schutte went on to ask both men about their backgrounds, which was completely different.
"I came from a rural area in the Eastern Cape and relocated to Gauteng to look for a job. I was not able to find work and started stealing to feed myself," the first convict explained.
The other convict, who hails from Gauteng, said he became accustomed to the life at an early age and by the age of 16 he was stealing cars. He added he took up hijacking at the age of 19, sometimes just for fun.
Both men revealed most of the times victims were not chosen randomly, they were studied and jumped when they least expected it.
But, it did not mean the hijackers felt no remorse for the poor victims. According to the first convict Schutte spoke with, he felt sorry for the victims, but added he needed to do a job and that was his main focus.
"South Africans need to become more aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to authorities," one of them answered after being asked if victims could avoid being hijacked.
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