Man in court for armed robbery, attempted murder

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A KwaZulu-Natal man arrested for armed robbery, attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrates’ Court, in Durban this week.

Ndumiso Minenhle Xhakaza’s (24) case was remanded to September 28 when he will appear for a bail hearing.

His six accomplices are still at large and are being sought by police, KZN police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said.

“On September 18 police officers from Durban Flying Squad were patrolling along Hunslet Drive in Phoenix.

“They spotted a bakkie with eight occupants driving recklessly and they attempted to intercept the suspect’s vehicle but they sped-off. A chase ensued until the corner of Malandela and Musa Road in KwaMashu where it crashed into a pavement and it came to standstill.”

She said six suspects got out of the bakkie and fled on foot.

“[They were] firing shots at the police who returned fire. When police approached the vehicle, they found two male occupants. Police recovered a 9mm pistol, a magazine, three rounds of ammunition and a knife.

“Initial investigation revealed that one of the males was a victim of robbery.”

Gwala said he told police that he had been robbed by the men who forced him into the back of his bakkie. “The victim alleged that he was requested by the suspect to take them with his vehicle to G-Section while he was at KwaMashu Hostel.”

She said as he continued with the trip, he was allegedly threatened with a firearm.

“At gunpoint, the suspects forced him to stop the vehicle demanded the keys, bank cards along with the pin numbers and he was forced into the back of his vehicle.

“They went to an ATM to withdraw cash. The other suspects managed to evade arrest and are still being sought by police,” Gwala said.

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