Robber who abducted e-hailing driver jailed for 30 years

A Durban e-hailing driver was rescued from the boot of a car after he was hijacked and kidnapped.
A Durban e-hailing driver was rescued from the boot of a car after he was hijacked and kidnapped.
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A 21-year-old man who lured an e-hailing cab driver to Durban Station, posing as a customer before abducting and robbing him, has been served with a lengthy jail term.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said Ndumiso Nduduzo Magwaza appeared in the Pietermaritzburg regional court earlier this month. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for illegal possession of a firearm, 10 years imprisonment for robbery and five years for kidnapping.

The attack occurred on October 3 2019 at 7pm when the e-hailing driver received a request to pick up a passenger at Durban Station.

While he was driving, the "passenger" pulled out a firearm, forced him into the boot of the vehicle and drove with him to Dube Village at Inanda, where he instructed the driver to jump out.

Mbele said the 24-year-old victim reported the matter to Inanda police and was taken to hospital for injuries he sustained while locked in the boot.

"While the KwaMashu police were conducting crime prevention duties, they spotted the vehicle being driven recklessly and pursued the vehicle. They managed to stop the vehicle and the accused was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm. He was arrested for carjacking and kidnapping and was taken to Durban Central police station for detention.

"An extensive investigation conducted by the Durban Central Trio Task Team linked the accused to another possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition case opened at Inanda in October 2019."

Magwaza made several court appearances before he was convicted and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment.

“We are pleased with the sentence handed down to the accused. We hope it will be a lesson to other people who think they can get away with criminal activities. The work done by the Durban Central Trio Task Team and KwaMashu police is applauded,” said the provincial police commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.

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