Men posing as cops allegedly kidnap KwaZulu-Natal traditional council leader

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A traditional leader has been kidnapped.
A traditional leader has been kidnapped.
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  • A KZN traditional council leader has allegedly been kidnapped.
  • Ibambabukhosi Ngcobo leads the Qiniselani Manyuswa Traditional Council in eZingolweni.
  • Five men allegedly posed as police and Ngcobo was taken from his home at gunpoint.

A KwaZulu-Natal traditional council leader has allegedly been kidnapped, police said on Tuesday.

Ibambabukhosi Ngcobo, 60, who leads the Qiniselani Manyuswa Traditional Council in eZingolweni, in the Ray Nkonyeni local municipality, was apparently taken from his home by men posing as police.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a case of kidnapping was opened after Ngcobo was "allegedly kidnapped by five unknown suspects who posed as police officers".

"It is alleged that, on Monday night at 19:50, the victim was at his home at Nkulu Ward, KwaNyuswa, when he was accosted by the suspects. They drove away in their getaway vehicle."

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KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sipho Hlomuka called for Ngcobo's release, saying he was "kidnapped at gunpoint by unknown men".

"MEC Hlomuka has expressed his concerns about this incident and called for members of the community to come forward with any information that might assist in ensuring a safe return of Ibamba, and lead to the apprehension of those responsible for the kidnapping," his spokesperson, Senzo Mzila, said.

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