BULAWAYO, Friday, September 20, 1991 — A 16-year-old Njube boy narrowly escaped death at the weekend when he was abducted by a gang of 10 people and was released at the last moment by the knife-wielding group because one of them said the boy was too old for their purpose.
The boy was abducted by four men who cornered him outside MaMkhwananzi Beer Garden, only a few metres from his home, where he had been sent by his uncle to buy cigarettes.
A police spokesman, Inspector Abisaiah Nyandoro, confirmed the incident which took place on Saturday night but declined to give further details. He said police were investigating.
The tired-looking boy told The Chronicle yesterday that four men abducted him at the beer garden at 9PM and forced him into a Kombi. “They tied my hands together and tied me to the car seat before forcing my head down so that I could not see where we were going.’’
He said he believed the driver of the Kombi must have driven along Khami Road up to the Solusi junction and stopped just after the junction.
He was ordered to get out of the car. Another group of five men and a woman were waiting in another Kombi and a Mini Cooper.
“They took me out of the car in my naked state, as they had stripped me of all my clothes when we took off from the beer garden and made me stand in front of the Mini Cooper with its lights shining on me,’’ he said.
“The woman, who spoke in Ndebele but with an accent, came to me and felt my breasts and touched my private parts. She then told the others that I was too old as she had requested for a boy aged 14 or under. One of them threw my clothes at me and said I could go.’’