Five in court after KwaZulu-Natal man was kidnapped, hacked for his cellphones and sandals

Five people have appeared in court on charges of kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in Empangeni.
Five people have appeared in court on charges of kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in Empangeni.
News24

Five people aged between 18 and 47 appeared in the Empangeni Magistrate's Court in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery.

According to police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala, it is alleged that a 23-year-old man was accosted by armed attackers in Biyela Street in Empangeni, who then forced him into a vehicle and drove away.

"The suspects stopped the vehicle in the Ndlangubo area where they were joined by another four suspects who [allegedly] assaulted [the victim], stabbed him with a sharp instrument and hacked him with bush knives," Gwala said.

"His two cellphones and sandals were also taken by the suspects. He was rescued by a passer-by, who took him to a hospital.

"The matter was reported to the Empangeni police station and a case of attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery was opened. An intensive investigation led to the arrest of the five suspects [on Friday]."

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula welcomed the arrests.

They will appear in court again on 9 June.

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