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Businessman escapes brutal hijacking after being stabbed 20 times

By Gareth Wilson | 2017-09-13 12:43:58.0

A hijacked Port Elizabeth businessman was stabbed more than 20 times‚ stripped and forced to kneel in the bushes‚ with his attackers poised to slit his throat‚ in six hours of raw terror that ended with his escape near Coega on Tuesday.

“I thought it was my last day on this planet. They were getting ready to kill me‚” a traumatised Pieter “PJ” Venter‚ 45‚ said from his hospital bed later.

The bloodied Lorraine resident was admitted to Greenacres Hospital at 4am‚ after breaking free of his attackers and fleeing to a nearby business‚ where a security guard called an ambulance.

The badly shaken former policeman‚ who now owns a construction and maintenance company and is a part-time firearm instructor‚ said on Tuesday evening the terrifying incident had happened so quickly he was struggling to piece everything together.

He had left Barney’s Tavern on the beachfront at about 10pm on Monday and had taken the Russell Road off-ramp en route home when he was attacked‚ the father of two said.

“I can’t recall exactly where they attacked me‚ but I think it was in Russell Road or Cape Road. I think I stopped at a red traffic light and‚ before I could blink‚ I remember two men in the back of my car.”

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