The driver of a private taxi service was rescued from the boot of his vehicle in Inanda – KZN after he was held hostage for 10 hours by armed suspects.
At approximately 05:04 this morning (Saturday) members of Reaction Unit South Africa were alerted by Tracker that the dark Grey VW Polo had entered a high-risk area and attempts to contact the driver was unsuccessful. Reaction Officers and Tracker Operations Members proceeded to the area after the vehicle’s tracking device was activated.
A white Mazda 323 was seen parked on the road in the vicinity where the VW Polo was emitting signals from. The VW Polo was spotted inside the sugar cane field. Four suspects who were in the process of stripping the vehicle fled into the sugar cane plantation when they noticed a Tracker vehicle approaching.
The driver was heard calling for assistance and it was established that he was locked in the boot of his vehicle. After being freed he confirmed that at approximately 19:00 last night he was summoned to pick up a customer in Inanda. Upon his arrival he was accosted by four armed suspects who forced him to lie in the vehicle and remain out of sight. The suspects’ accomplices followed them around in the white Mazda 323 that was also recovered at the scene.
The victim was taken to an ATM before and after midnight to withdraw cash from his account. The vehicle was then driven to an isolated area where it was recovered. A search was conducted for the hijackers however no arrests were made.
The driver was not injured and did not require medical assistance.
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) October 6, 2019