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Katie Price has revisited a near hijacking in South Africa in 2018.
Images via YouTube screenshot: James English podcast/ iTV

‘Horror film’: Katie Price revisits hijacking in South Africa [watch]

UK reality TV star Katie Price has revisited her 2018 near-hijacking in South Africa, comparing it to a ‘horror movie’…

katie price, south africa

Katie Price has revisited a near hijacking in South Africa in 2018.
Images via YouTube screenshot: James English podcast/ iTV

Katie Price has revisited a harrowing near-hijacking experience in South Africa in a new interview.

The UK reality TV star and former pin-up model  – previously known as Jordan – was visiting the country with her two children in 2018 when disaster struck while driving at night.

At the time, the star was filming her ITV reality TV show My Crazy Life.


Speaking in the James English podcast last week, Katie Price documented the incident in South Africa. According to the 45-year-old, the director of their show advised them to travel along a route “that tourists shouldn’t go.”

Accompanied by her children Junior and Princess (then aged 12 and 10 respectively), as well as their film crew, the group was en route to Swaziland to attend a children’s programme as part of her ITV reality TV show.

Travelling in a mini-bus at night, the convoy stopped on the side of the N17 road near Ermelo, Mpumalanga, as one of her kids needed to use the toilet. The family was ambushed by a group of men who demanded money and their possessions.

According to MailOnline, the attackers made off with laptops, iPads, passports, cash, and jewellery. The hijacking suspects were reportedly never caught.

Speaking in the podcast, Katie claimed they were “hijacked at gunpoint,” adding: “It was like a horror film. That was just a f**king nightmare.

The mom-of-five claimed one of the passengers of the vehicle they were travelling in, was physically injured in a scuffle that ensued.

“There was blood everywhere…he was unconscious. We all thought we were dead”.

While the group survived the traumatic incident, Katie Price adds that her family still suffers from PTSD.

She said: “I never had therapy for it and never was offered it. If I ever see a black guy in an Adidas hoodie [I shudder]. Princess doesn’t like being in cars at night.”

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Over the years, Katie Price has been accused of telling different versions of her ordeal in South Africa.

In 2020, Katie Price revisited the ordeal on the TV show SAS: Celebrity Who Dares Win. At the time, she claimed that she was “groped” by one of the men. A year after the attack, she also told The Sun’s Fabulous that she was “punched in the face”. She also claims “the kids saw everything” – in a detail that she had never mentioned before.

Fast forward to 2022, and Katie claimed now claimed she was “gang raped” by her attackers.

She said in the documentary Trauma And Me: “The experience when I was filming with ITV in South Africa, we had no security. If we had security, they would have been able to deal with the six guys that jumped us, held me at gunpoint, and raped me”.

And reports after the attack revealed discrepancies, too. The Mirror reported that Katie Price’s bodyguard, Neil Tawse, claimed that the group of men were unarmed.

This was corroborated by the Mpumalanga chairman of the local Priority Committee on Tourist Safety, Athol Stark, who told MailOnline that the crime was “an opportunistic robbery and not a targeted one”.