Do not take lifts from strangers

2016-12-21 06:01

A young man suffered a terrifying and traumatic experience last week when he was “kidnapped” and assaulted by three men who had offered him a lift last Tuesday.

The 28 year old had been shopping and then made his way to the Ngome taxi rank in Durban to catch a taxi home.
As he waited, a white van with three men drew up and offered him a lift to Ngome – he accepted. They locked in him the back of the van – there were two teen age girls already in there.

The man noticed that the van was on the Kranskop road, not the Ngome road, when it stopped. The door was unlocked – the three asked if he knew them, and he told them he did not. They then held him down and started assaulting him - the two girls were crying and asking why they were hitting the man.The driver told the other two not to stab him as he did not want blood in the vehicle but that they must remove his private parts and they stripped him of his pants

Fortunately he managed to escape into the bushes alongside by which time it was dark. The van drove off with the girls and the victim’s money, cell and shopping.

The victim, managed to make his way late that night to his place of employment.

On Wednesday he and his mother went to Greytown Police Station to open a case. The Constable at the desk said he was busy and anyway why did he take a van and not a taxi and did not open a case.

The traumatised young man told this to the manager of Chicken Express when he and his mother were eating on Wednesday late morning. She contacted the Greytown Gazette and the two came to the office where he repeated what had happened.

The Greytown Gazette editor phoned Lieutenant Colonel Mchunu to complain about the Charge Office response – he requested the victim came to his office to report. A case was then opened and the Constable in the Charge Office was told by the Colonel to apologise to the traumatised young man.

The Greytown Gazette is publishing this report as a warning to members of the community not to accept lifts from strangers, particularly when they are carrying money and goods. Unfortunately the registration of the van was not obtained and the plight of the two girls is unknown.

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