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Kidnappers remanded in custody
2020/06/02

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: Five suspects aged between 18 and 47 appeared in the Empangeni Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 1 June 2020 on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery. They were remanded in custody until 9 June 2020 for a bail application. It is alleged on 2 March 2020 a 23-year-old man was at Biyela Street in Empangeni when he was accosted by armed suspects who forced him into a vehicle and drove away.

The suspects stopped the vehicle at Ndlangubo area where they were joined by another four suspects who assaulted him, stabbed him with a sharp instrument and hacked him with bush knives. His two cellphones and sandals were also taken by the suspects. He was rescued by a passer-by who took him to a hospital for medical attention. The matter was reported to the Empangeni police station and a case of attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery was opened. An intensive investigation led to the arrest of the five suspects on 29 May 2020 at Empangeni.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula welcomed the arrest of the suspects.

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