Cape Town - A 45-year-old Cape Town woman has been shot dead by ruthless hijackers in front of her home. Eleanor Wyngaard arrived at her Westridge home just before 10pm on Wednesday from an evening out with her boyfriend.
Elanor Wyngaard was hijacked and shot dead outside her Westridge home earlier this week.
She was opening the driveway gate to park her white 2014 Toyota Etios, when two attackers struck.
Eleanor, an administrator at the Metro East Education Department, was shot twice; once close to her heart and the other in her leg. She died at the scene.
Authorities now believe hijackers are targeting women in Mitchells Plain. Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum Cluster Chairperson, Hanif Loonat, said several cases have been reported in the area over the past few months where females have been attacked.
Eleanor’s distraught father, Christiaan Wyngaard, 73, said he was sitting in the lounge when he heard the two gunshots that killed his only daughter.
He jumped up and looked through the window, seeing two men driving off in her car. He called for his wife, who rushed to get their son Edgar, 50, from his room. Edgar ran outside and found his sister lying in a pool of blood, still alive.
He gently scooped her up into his arms and carried her inside, but said: “Her eyes were half-closed, as if she were already gone.”
The police arrived within five minutes and a short while later an ambulance; paramedics battled to save her life.
Edgar said: “I watched the machine, just hoping for a jump on the heart machine, but she flatlined as they fought to save her.
I suspect the bullet either penetrated her heart, or damaged a major artery close to it. She was gone. My sister, who was the personification of life, was senselessly ripped from us.”
On Thursday, shocked family, neighbours, friends and colleagues of Eleanor’s came out to support the family, offering their condolences. Edgar said his sister was a bubbly person with a zest for life.
He said: “Everything she did was fierce. She loved fiercely and had tons of friends. She was jovial and if she was in a room, everybody knew it.
“She had that kind of presence. She was supportive and nothing ever bothered her. She lived her life happy and inspired others to do so as well. She taught me to be unafraid. To take on life and win every time.”
He described her as a well-organised perfectionist, who had left him strict instructions in the case of her death. “She never wanted to grow old. That was all she wanted; never to grow old,” he added.
Loonat said he was disgusted by Eleanor’s senseless death. “It is unfair that our women are being targeted in this way. Men are also targeted by hijackers, but women won’t normally fight back, so I don’t understand why they shot this lady.”
Two weeks ago, a woman was hijacked but left unharmed in Beagle Way, Strandfontein. Police recovered her car, a white VW Polo, within 24 hours in Mitchells Plain.
Loonat said: “These criminals just do what they want. They don’t care how they affects others. They came for her car, but took away a life. This needs to stop.”
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said a case of murder and car-jacking is being investigated.
No arrest has been made yet.