DURBAN – KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Sihle Zikalala has called on the public to come forward on Friday if they have any details concerning the hijacking and kidnapping of two nurses outside Pietermaritzburg, near Thornville.
Zikalala, who was speaking yesterday at a briefing with KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane at his Pietermaritzburg office, strongly condemned the incident. He said the nurses, aged 32 and 42, were part of the uMgungundlovu HIV/Aids Roving Team, and were transporting ARVs to patients when they were hijacked in the Hopewell district.
When they got to a remote part of the route, three armed men who were traveling in a white bakkie came under attack, he said. “The men blocked the path of the nurses, forced them off the road, kidnapped them, and drove to a secluded area, where they took their valuables, including handbags and mobile phones, and dumped them in a bush.”
Zikalala said te hijackers then took off in the nurses’ white Toyota Avanza state car. He said that while the province was thankful that during this incident the nurses were not physically injured, it had left them with psychological wounds that would take time to overcome.
This was an act that was really cruel, shameful and cowardly. We advise any individuals who may have data regarding this incident to contact the police immediately, who will handle the data with utmost confidentiality.