Fake kidnappers prey on mother

2014-02-08 00:00

DUPED into believing that her three-year-old son had been kidnapped, a Pietermaritzburg­ receptionist was robbed of R10 000 by two men pretending­ to be police officers.

Fearing her worst nightmare had come true, Busi Maduna, who works at a local law firm, rushed off in the company of the two men thinking they were taking her to her son, Lwazi.

She then found herself staring down the barrel of two firearms.

She had been at her work premises in Loop Street when the two men walked in on Thursday morning and asked specifically for her.

“I was beside myself thinking the worst had happened to my baby. I didn’t think about anything else besides getting to my child. I just rushed off with these two guys who had even showed me a police­ badge. As we drove off, they both pulled out firearms, one stuck his gun to my head and the other kept his on his lap as he was driving,” said a shaken Maduna, who said she was terrified by the guns.

She alleged they took both her cellphones at that time.

She said the men then made her give them directions to her Willowfountain home, where they ransacked her rooms in search of money.

“One turned to me and pointed the gun at me saying I must dig for the money­ and give it to them … that they know I have money at home,” said Maduna,­ who runs a tuck shop from her home.

She said she still didn’t realise she was being robbed, only that these were the men who had kidnapped her son.

“I thought they wanted the money to release my son, so I just gave them all the money I had at home,” she said.

Maduna said the men then counted the money and when they saw it was R10 000, they said it was too little.

“They asked for more and I showed them that I had no more money. They gave me my cellphones back and told me not to alert anyone otherwise they would definitely attack my son,” said the distraught mother.­

She said as soon as the men had left, she got a lift to her son’s nearby creche to personally ascertain that he was safe.

“All I wanted was to see for myself that my son was safe and that those men did not have him. I was shaking and crying by the time I got to my son and he was so concerned. I just hugged him, saying a silent prayer that he was safe,” said a now relieved Maduna.

Perplexed at the brazen robbery and how the robbers knew she had a child, Maduna said the men had even threatened her that they would be “coming back for more”.

“I was taking no chances. When I got back to the office, I alerted my boss and he made me open a case. This has been the worst experience of my life. It just makes me so angry to think that robbers are now picking on the vulnerable emotions of parents and their children’s safety to fleece us,” said Maduna.

Police investigations were underway.

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