Sunday, October 19, 2008

Killed for having the wrong car

Life is cheap in the new SA. You get up in the morning, tie your shoelaces and you are dead by the end of the day.

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A Pietermaritzburg man was stabbed to death by hijackers after they realised his car was not the model they had been sent to steal.

The gang, who have been arrested, then threw his body into the uMsunduzi River at Camps Drift, where it was found on Sunday, October 5.

The 34-year-old man, whose family did not want him named in the paper, had been reported missing the day before, and police found his body after his car was seen in Imbali.

After the car was reported on the Saturday afternoon, Plessislaer police connected it with the missing person report opened earlier in the day, and tracked down the car, a Corsa, abandoned in an open field in Unit 1, Imbali.

Swift police reaction led to the arrest of two men, who then led the police to two more men, who were allegedly involved in the hijacking.

Members of the Alexandra Road Detective Services, with the assistance of the PMB Crime Intelligence Unit and the Tracing Unit, went to two different houses in Imbali Unit 1, where the other two suspects were arrested. One of the suspects was allegedly found wearing the blood-covered clothing of the deceased, which was confiscated and sent for forensic analysis.

The suspects led the police to the man’s body in the river.

Siyanda Mkhize (24), Zamokuhle Ncalane (27), S’manga Ngcobo (24) and Nkosikhona Nxele (24) appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on October 8 on charges of hijacking and murder. All were remanded in custody until November 17.

Police believe the hijacking may be linked to a syndicate and that the suspects may have carried out several other hijackings in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

“[The man] was hijacked of his vehicle, a Corsa hatchback, on Friday, October 3, and was taken to the Plessislaer area where the vehicle was intended to be sold to a ‘buyer’.

“It is alleged that the buyer then told the suspects that it was the wrong vehicle as he needed a Corsa bakkie. “The suspects then took the deceased to the river, where they stabbed him and threw him in the river,” said Budhram.

The 34-year-old victim was a student in his final year at the Durban University of Technology and was supposed to have started his final exams on October 13.

He was reportedly a prominent member of the Salvation Army church in the city and was on his way to a church meeting in Mooi River when he was hijacked.

4 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

What are you guys doing on this site? You are just reporting negative things about the lovely country SA. Why always make big stories about a few crimes here and there. Look past that and see the SA we can be proud of.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:23..

You must be new to the blog. Read back, way back, and see the positive news we do report.

Oh and by the way, 51 murders a day and 150 rapes a day is not just crime "here and there".

I'll tell you when I will stop this blog. When our crime numbers slip to 20th in the world. How about that? Fair?

Now take your head out of the sand and do something about saving those 51 people that will die tomorrow (and the next day and so forth) instead of pretending everything is just wonderful down south.

proud 2 B YT said...

@ anon

Wake up china!

The ANC has stripped the once beautiful 1st world country & turned it into another shithole in Africa.

Big ups to Doberman, hes educating the rest of you stupid fucks. I bet this is some darkie that passed matric with 30% & is now in UCT for free – still clearly using ½ a brain. Oxygen thief.

Please continue to believe the bullshit the ANC are shitting out in every direction whilst raping this country for their own private gain.

Viva Apartheid!

Anonymous said...

It never ceases to amaze me that people accept these horrendous crimes as just mere numbers and statistics in this utopia of a rainbow nation. On this site we will not accept this as the new standard, and will continue to report the reality of the rainbow nation even if the Main stream media has lost interest in the true facts.