Vusi Nova hi­jacked and kid­napped out­side home

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“WE’RE go­ing to take you guys to the bush and kill you. Keep your head down. Where is the Tracker?” the hi­jack­ers threat­ened Afropop mu­si­cian Vusi Nova.

But all he wanted was for the armed crim­i­nals to let 20-year-old Sihle Mdaka out of the car.

“I told them that he has noth­ing to of­fer them. Sihle was hys­ter­i­cal. I asked them to let him go. So they stopped the car and let him out in Langlaagte. He was prac­ti­cally naked.”

Nova, whose real name is Vusi Nongxo, was ac­costed by armed men out­side his Melville home yes­ter­day. He was later re­leased in Soweto after the hi­jack­ers forced him to strip down to his un­der­wear.

Mdaka is a singer from the group, 047. The three-mem­ber group re­cently ar­rived from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and per­formed at the al­bum launch of fel­low artist Ntando Ban­gani.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of hi­jack­ing and kid­nap­ping.

Nova said yes­ter­day he felt “quite trau­ma­tised”.

“It’s been a crazy 24 hours. We were sup­port­ing Ntando at his launch and then later we had to deal with the re­al­ity of what is hap­pen­ing in our coun­try. This is hap­pen­ing all the time and I feel for those who go through this,” he said.

Ban­gani rushed to Nova’s home yes­ter­day after he was found.

“A few hours ago I was at the launch with him; next thing I know he’s been hi­jacked.Thank God he’s safe,” he said out­side Nova’s house.

“It makes me feel very bad as I was also hi­jacked once and it’s a very trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s not some­thing you get over eas­ily. Crim­i­nals are too free these days. You work hard and peo­ple just do what they want when they want. This is not the way we should live,” Ban­gani said.

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