Kidnap victim Sandra Munsamy’s case takes centre stage at the Durban Regional court as accused three and four have appeared for their bail application. Moonsamy, a Westville mother of two and a financial director of Crossmoor Transport was kidnapped after allegedly being forced off the road by three vehicles on the M13 off-ramp on Stapleton Road in Pinetown on the evening of May 30.
A hostage drama played out for a period of six months where Munsamy was held for a period of 162 days. In November, she was found alive by Hawks detectives shackled in a house in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, in November — 162 days after she disappeared. The Hawks have previously made an application to bar the media from identifying or photographing the accused due to the sensitive nature of the case. TimesLIVE reports, on Tuesday accused three and four alongside their co-accused at the Durban Regional court, where their hopes to have their bail application finalised were dashed. This was after the state deposed an affidavit by Hawks investigating officer Abraham Sonnekus that cited various reasons why the pair should be denied bail.
Daily News reports that Sonnekus outlined why accused 3 and 4 should not be granted bail. Sonnekus said they fired shots at Munsamy while she was in her vehicle, as well as the occupants of a marked security vehicle. Munsamy was forced out of her vehicle at gunpoint and into one of the vehicles, they were travelling in. She was robbed of her cellphones, handbag and jewellery. Sonnekus said sometime thereafter they blindfolded Munsamy, bound her with cable ties and forced her into the boot of a second vehicle. They then drove for about seven hours to Jackals Creek in Gauteng, where she was held blindfolded and bound with cable ties in a room for a few days. to read more go here
The matter has been postponed to September 3 to allow the accused’s defence to respond to Sonnekus’s affidavit. To read more from TimesLIVE go here
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