Woman abducted for 2 days, robbed

2012-02-10 00:00

SIXTY-FOUR–YEAR-OLD Gladys Duduzile Gcaba of Marburg has returned home after she was kidnapped and probably drugged in Port Shepstone on Monday.

Her kidnappers, a man and a woman, apparently drove her to Pietermaritzburg to withdraw her money from a bank.

Gcaba was found in the Mid-Illovo area on Wednesday morning. She had been dumped there by her kidnappers after they had stolen R40 000 from her.

Her daughter, Mpho Dlamini, said: “We are just very relieved that she is alive and has returned to us. We never slept or ate since her disappearance.”

Gcaba went shopping at midday on Monday and withdrew R40 000 from her bank account to pay for her supplies.

Dlamini said her mother, her sister and her sister’s child, accompanied by a plumber, went to a hardware store to buy building materials.

“The plumber was busy picking his things out and my sister’s child wanted something to drink so they went to buy juice.”

Then a woman approached her mother.

“She came to my mother and showed her a lot of money,” Dlamini said.

“She said she had R18 000 in her hands and she needed somebody to help her count it.”

Gcaba agreed to assist the woman and left with her and a man.

“When my sister returned she found the plumber outside and he said he couldn’t find my mother.

“She phoned my mother and she said she was in the car with a lady and man.

“Then someone cut the call and her phone was switched off.”

Dlamini said they had arranged to block her mother’s bank card on Tuesday as she still had some money left in her account.

“My sister had the card, but my mother had her ID.

“These people took her to a bank in Pietermaritzburg and tried to withdraw the money.”

Dlamini said that when the kidnappers realised they could get no more money from her mother they dumped her and fled.

“She is in a very bad state at the moment. She is traumatised, but can remember what happened.”

Her mother appeared to be sedated. “I think they drugged her because she said she was sleeping a lot of the time,” she added.

Gcaba was treated at Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital on Wednesday and released.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid confirmed that a kidnapping case is being investigated.

“We are warning people once again to be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings, especially when making withdrawals at the bank or ATMs.”

She added, “Do not allow unknown people to distract you and do not board any vehicles of people you do not know.”

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