Businessman rescued after kidnapping
BUSINESSMAN Tyrone Bull believes he was saved by a Christmas miracle after four armed robbers abducted him on Christmas Eve and threatened his life.
Bull was held captive in a car for nearly three hours by the men, who offered him a lift to Cape Town from Muizenberg.
Police spokesman LieutenantColonel André Traut said Bull’s alleged kidnappers had been arrested and charged with kidnapping, robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon.
More charges might be added as the case continued.
The 46- year- old businessman from KwaZulu-Natal said he had left a friend’s party at about 10pm and went in search of a train back to Cape Town. When he realised the last one had already gone, he decided to hitchhike to the city.
The men, driving a white Opel Corsa, stopped and offered to drive him to town if he paid for petrol.
Then what he had at first believed to be a stroke of luck turned into a nightmare.
He said he realised he was trapped in the two-door car when the men drove towards Pollsmoor Prison, telling him, “this is where we come from, and we are not going back there”.
A struggle ensued, but the men threatened him with a gun before taking his wallet, cellphone and shoes.
They then cruised from Hout Bay to Camps Bay. Bull said he was convinced they were looking for a place to dump his body.
Finally, it was as they were heading out of the city centre that his luck changed, Bull said.
As they passed the Mount Nelson Hotel, they stopped at a red traffic light, next to a meter taxi.
“I kicked the driver’s seat and managed to force my way to the front passenger’s window and screamed for the taxi driver to help me,” Bull said.
RESCUED: Tyrone Bull, who was kidnapped.