Taxi driver hijacked, beaten, dumped

2009-05-14 00:00

A TAXI operator was hijacked and dumped on the side of the road in the Bishopstowe area on Monday evening.

The metered taxi operator, Bonginkosi Zulu (31), was hijacked in Copesville by a man pretending to be a client.

Zulu was sitting in his Mazda 323 taxi when a man climbed into the passenger seat of his car and asked him to take him to Bentley Drive in Copesville.

According to police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram, the passenger told Zulu to stop the vehicle as they had arrived at his destination.

The man pretended to get out of the car, but turned around and struck Zulu’s head and body with an unknown object, knocking him out.

Budhram said another man appeared a short while later and they pushed Zulu on to the passenger seat of his car.

One of the suspects then climbed into the back seat of the vehicle, while the other suspect took the wheel.

“They proceeded towards the Table Mountain Road in the nearby Bishopstowe area, where they stopped and dumped Zulu on the side of the road.”

A passer-by saw Zulu lying on the side of the road and immediately called the police.

Zulu was taken to Northdale Hospital where he was treated for the injuries to his body and head and discharged.

Members of the Pietermaritzburg dog unit on patrol recovered Zulu’s car at about 2 am on Tuesday in the Cinderella Park area. It was parked on the side of the road.

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