Kidnapped KZN woman rescued

2012-10-12 14:39

Durban - A woman was rescued after being kidnapped, allegedly by a man who had paid lobola for her, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

The woman jumped out of a Land Cruiser when the driver reduced speed as he was approaching an accident on the N2 near Esikhawini on Thursday, Captain Thulani Zwane said

She ran towards police and the driver made a U-turn, returning the way he had come at high speed.

"Police became suspicious and gave chase."

The vehicle was stopped and searched a few kilometres from the accident.

"The woman who jumped out of that vehicle reported to the police that she was kidnapped by the driver, from Esikhawini FET College, and he had threatened to kill her.

"It is further alleged that the suspect claimed he paid lobola for her and she was rejecting him," Zwane said.

The 30-year-old man was charged with kidnapping and intimidation and is expected to appear in the Esikhawini Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Police had been attending an accident where a minibus taxi driver knocked a traffic officer over, injuring his leg. The driver was charged with attempted murder and reckless or negligent driving.

  • bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-12 14:57

    We live in the 21st century people! Not the 1900's... Why is labola still being used... Women are not things that can be bought FFS!

      michal.mierzwa - 2012-10-12 15:36

      I believe lobola process is an African tradition, and so I am puzzled by News24 choice of picture. Anyone else agrees?

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-10-12 15:06

    Forced marriage in de name of culture,culture my foot,

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-10-12 15:19

    South Africans act like it's the 1400's...

  • metrokomane - 2012-10-12 15:36

    You people mustn't talk about things you do not have first hand experience of. Lobola is part of our culture and we will continue practising it. There are millions of people who are married with lobola paid and there no problems. Because of one isolated case you now want to stick your stinking noses, back off

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-10-12 15:40

    Outside India, kwazulu natal province is the most popular destination of Indian descendants people but ironically I have never heard them(Indians) making news headlines for wrong reasons, because they're busy doing something useful and productive unlike the great-grandsons of shaka-Zulu who are busy killing each other for political powers and busy raping and carjacking innocent people.

  • Veliswa Zicina - 2012-10-13 04:03

    Well said @Rikesh. Kidnapping is the issue here not lobola

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