Accused claims to be victim

2008-06-19 00:00

An alleged hijacker pleaded that he himself was hijacked and held captive in his own vehicle while his captors robbed cash guards of R306 000 and two guns and, still held captive, was wounded during a shootout with the police.

Accused Phumlani Zamisa (33) of Durban made this statement when pleading not guilty to 10 charges in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday.

Zamisa was arrested in a Pietermaritzburg cul-de-sac after the shootout. According to the indictment, he had a cashbox with the stolen R306 000 and was holding a fully-automatic rifle.

His alleged fellow gang members are still being sought.

The state alleges that Zamisa and his alleged accomplices robbed Rajendra Maharaj at gunpoint of his vehicle, R1 000 and other items. Five days later another vehicle was stolen from Yusuf Tayob, also in Durban.

On April 18, 2006 they approached a Coin Security van at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg, and at gunpoint robbed two guards of the cash and their guns.

They abandoned the stolen vehicles and left in a minivan. In the meantime, policemen Eugene Nel and Johannes Wolfaardt recognised the getaway vehicle. The suspects shot at them and they returned fire until most of the suspects escaped in a cul-de-sac.

He is also charged with the attempted murder of Nel and Wolfaardt, unlawful possession of three firearms and ammunition.

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