School principal abducted

2012-06-27 00:00

THE acting principal of a Hammarsdale school is in hospital but safe after having been abducted, drugged and robbed when she fell prey to a scam.

Thulisile Kubheka, from Georgedale Primary School, was stopped by a woman who suggested they split money that had been lying on the ground outside a bank in Pinetown, according to her son, Vukile.

“While they were walking, she noticed a vehicle and then two men came out and pointed knives and a gun at her.

“They shoved her inside the car and forced her to drink a juice which she suspects was spiked with drugs,” he said. “They also took her personal documents and handbag.”

Vukile said police contacted his family at about midnight on Friday last week.

They had spent 11 hours not knowing where she was.

“The police said they found her next to the road in Red Hill [north of Durban’s city centre].”

Her car was later found parked at a Pinetown shopping centre.

“We are happy that she’s alive,” said her son.

His mother is recovering in the intensive care unit of Umhlanga Hospital, according to the family.

“It was very difficult for us when she was away as we were thinking about everything that could have happened to her,” said Vukile.

He said the family was grateful to God that her ordeal had ended.

Money is something people can make again, said Vukile, but his mother’s life was more precious.

He said his mother had gone to the bank to draw R10 000 to pay a carpenter who had fitted new cupboards in her kitchen in Pinetown.

“She was just 15 minutes away from home at around 1 pm. But when we phoned her and she did not respond, we started panicking.”

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a case of hijacking was being investigated.

“We’re are waiting for her to come and give us her statement,” he said.

People have been caught in similar scams in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

In March, three men posing as police officers abducted a woman at Liberty Midlands Mall after a similar story about money found lying around. She was robbed of R65 000 and personal items including a cellphone.

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