Two Kokstad men ambushed

2011-12-07 00:00

TWO Kokstad businessmen, Cqiu Chung (24) and Gliohua Yu (28), were robbed near the Ifafa turn-off when they were forced to stop their vehicle on the N2 freeway yesterday morning.

The men were travelling in a truck from Kokstad to Durban on business.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said they were forced off the road and robbed of a substantial amount of money.

“They had to stop their vehicle near the Ifafa turn-off as men fired shots at them from a white Audi, which then swerved in front of them forcing them to stop.” The Audi did not have registration plates.

“According to the victims they noticed this vehicle behind them in the Harding area. After the robbers stopped the truck two of them jumped into the truck and assaulted one of the men …”

The robbers drove into a sugar cane field where they robbed the pair of cellphones and cash.

Provincial RTI inspectors Sifiso Dlamini and Fatima Ismael received a report of the hijacking.

“When they arrived in the area a man drove off in a white vehicle. They could not stop the vehicle,” she said. The inspectors then saw three men coming out of the sugar cane field.

“When they spotted the RTI officers, they fled back into the sugar cane. The two officers called for backup and police from Hibberdene and Port Shepstone responded and searched the area,” Wiid added.

A police helicopter was dispatched and circled above the sugar cane to look for the fleeing suspects. A white Audi was later recovered abandoned near Scottburgh.

No suspects have been arrested. Police are investigating a case of armed robbery.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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