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22 Apr 2021
06:29

KwaZulu-Natal traditional leader’s kidnapping questioned

Ntandoyenkosi Dlamini

The disappearance of Qiniselani Manyuswa Traditional Council’s interim leader, Makhosandile Ngcobo has left those close to him wondering whether his kidnapping could be an attempt to assassinate him.

The disappearance of Qiniselani Manyuswa Traditional Council’s interim leader, Makhosandile Ngcobo has left those close to him wondering whether his kidnapping could be an attempt to assassinate him.

Ngcobo was abducted at gunpoint by men posing as police officers at his Izingolweni home, on the South Coast, on Monday.

A source close to Ngcobo, who asked not to be named, told The Witness that he was no longer sure of what to believe about the kidnapping because Ngcobo is also in the taxi business.

He explained that apart from the fact Ngcobo was almost shot last year by unknown men, the kidnapping happened at a time when the family was busy with succession talks.

Ngcobo was reportedly appointed as an interim leader pending an investigation into the paternity of Nkosiphendule Ngcobo.

“We are at crossroads here, we are not sure whether some of the things that have been happening around Ngcobo can also be linked to the people behind the kidnapping, but we are hoping the police will soon give us some peace of mind.”
A source

“When Ngcobo became interim leader in June 2020, it was said that he’d serve for three years until the succession talks had been concluded and a successor chosen. One would assume that the kidnapping has something to do with Ngcobo’s interim leadership, but only to later find that maybe someone from outside of the family used this time to strike,” said the source.

He added that Ngcobo is also a businessman who owns taxis so they would not know whether the kidnapping is related to that.

“We are at crossroads here, we are not sure whether some of the things that have been happening around Ngcobo can also be linked to the people behind the kidnapping, but we are hoping the police will soon give us some peace of mind,” he said.

“They stole cellphones, vehicle keys and firearms before fleeing the scene. The matter is still under investigation. A case of kidnapping and robbery was opened at the Ezinqoleni SAPS.”
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said Ezinqoleni detectives are appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of Ngcobo.

She said it is alleged that he was kidnapped from his home at Nkulu Ward in KwaNyuswa by five armed men who posed as police officers.

Gwala said that the kidnappers held up the family members and a security guard before tying them with cable ties.

“They stole cellphones, vehicle keys and firearms before fleeing the scene. The matter is still under investigation. A case of kidnapping and robbery was opened at the Ezinqoleni SAPS,” she said.