Man arrested after revealing truth about ‘kidnapping’

TONGA – Police received information that Vusi Dlakude, a resident of Hhoyi, had been kidnapped by three armed men and taken to Hectorspruit while heading home yesterday.

Dlakude alleged that he managed to contact his wife when two of the abductors left him under the watch of the third.

His wife contacted the police, who tracked the vehicle down in Hectorspruit. They found a hunting rifle, ammunition, a silencer, an axe and a knife in the vehicle.

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When police called Dlakude, he admitted that he had been hired to transport the alleged hijackers to conduct a business deal in return for a fee.

Dlakude was then arrested for perjury. Police are also investigating the firearm found in his vehicle.

The court case was postponed to today for further investigation. The court outcome was still unknown at the time of going to press.

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Police are also on the hunt for three armed suspects after they robbed a 27-year-old Somali national at KaMaqhekeza Plaza on Monday morning.

The victim told police that he had parked in front of the bank at around 11:00 and noticed a man entering the bank in front of him and two behind him.

When he was in the revolving door, the man in front of him rotated the door and shoved him out. The two other suspects grabbed him and took his bag containing R115 000 in cash.

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The suspects fled the scene on foot and were chased by the victim and someone from a nearby business. They had to stop when the suspects fired at them.

Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects can contact Sgt Dumisani Zwane on 071-598-3267 or the nearest police station.

Community members are advised not to try to arrest the suspects as they are armed and believed to be dangerous.

Retha Nel

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