Gospel artist arrested

By Drum Digital
14 November 2011

Hard on the heels of her anti-piracy march few weeks ago, gospel artist Lusanda Mcinga was arrested in connection with a kidnapping in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.

Mcinga appeared in Butterworth magistrate court for charges of common assault, kidnapping and robbery.

Mcinga together with unnamed accomplices allegedly assaulted Mzoli Vusani, thought to be selling pirated CDs. On Friday they allegedly dragged him to a veld in Butterworth where he was beaten up. His cellphone was also stolen.

Vusani who spoke to City Press claims he was abducted from his stall on Bell Street in the small town’s CBD. He was forced into the boot of the Range Rover that Mcinga was travelling in.

Vusani was driven to a secluded bushy area on the outskirts of town, where Mcinga’s accomplices threatened to kill him unless he told them who supplied him with CDs.

Furthermore, they searched him and took about R2 000 he was going to use to pay rent. The group is also alleged to have also taken CDs the hawker was selling.

“What pains me the most is they scared me and took my money despite me telling them it was sent from home for me to pay rent. ”

Mcinga, who spent Sunday in jail was released on R500 bail and her case has been postponed to December 9.

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