Taxi driver sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for kidnapping and theft

Today, the Durban Regional Court convicted and sentenced Zama Zakhe Zulu (35) to twelve years imprisonment for kidnapping and five years for theft. These sentences will run consecutively. It is alleged on 20 February 2018, at 22:30, a 21-year-old woman took a taxi from South Beach to Smith Street. When she asked the driver to jump off at Smith Street, the taxi did not stop instead the driver locked the door and was assisted by the other man who was in the taxi. The accused’s accomplice threatened the victim and took the complainant’s bag with her belongings.

The victim threw herself out of the moving taxi, sustained injuries and was taken to hospital for medical assistance. Charges of kidnaping and theft were opened at Durban Central SAPS. On 24 February 2018, the taxi driver was arrested in Point Road whilst driving another taxi. He made several court appearance and his bail was denied until his sentence. His accomplice is still at large and being sought by police.

Source: South African Police Service