Mom and chil­dren taken hostage

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

EM­PAN­GENI po­lice have launched a man­hunt for four sus­pects fol­low­ing a home rob­bery in eNse­leni in which a mother and her two chil­dren were taken hostage. Ac­cord­ing to King Cetshwayo Clus­ter Po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Mbon­geni Md­lalose, the in­ci­dent oc­curred at 11:30pm on Thurs­day night at Jamela Re­serve in eNse­leni. ‘Hlengiwe Mg­waba (40) was at her res­i­dence pre­par­ing to sleep when four sus­pects kicked down her front door. ‘All of the sus­pects were armed with hand­guns and de­manded money and the car keys for her two ve­hi­cles.’ Md­lalose said the per­pe­tra­tors then ran­sacked the home be­fore in­struct­ing Mg­waba and her two chil­dren to get into one of the ve­hi­cles. ‘They drove to an un­known lo­ca­tion and dropped off the vic­tim and her chil­dren. ‘One of the sus­pects was left be­hind to guard the vic­tims while the other three fled in the vic­tim’s two Range Rovers. ‘Po­lice saw the two ve­hi­cles near Mkhuze and pur­sued them. ‘Dur­ing the chase, one of the ve­hi­cles over­turned. ‘The other ve­hi­cle was found aban­doned not far away. ‘One of the sus­pects must have tipped off the man, who was guard­ing the vic­tims be­cause he left them in the for­est and ran away. ‘The vic­tims then pro­ceeded to get help.’ Md­lalose said that while no ar­rests have yet been made, they are fol­low­ing strong leads which will hope­fully re­sult in the ar­rest of one of the sus­pects. ‘A case of house rob­bery has been opened and Em­pan­geni SAPS are in­ves­ti­gat­ing,’ he said.

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