KZN police arrest man for kidnapping and robbery during church service


Could the arrest of a KZN man who allegedly robbed and held a church congregation at gunpoint be the machinations of an avenging God, or just the hard work of local police? Either way, the suspect is expected to appear in court on Monday.


Provincial police spokesperson Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo says a 29-year-old suspect will appear in court on Monday for a crime many God-fearing Christians would not attempt.

“It is alleged that on 10 April at 10:00, a group of armed men, entered the religious establishment during the church service where they robbed the congregants of their belongings including their cell phones,” said Ngcobo.

The suspects then allegedly demanded one of the congregant’s car keys and kept the churchgoers captive in a vehicle belonging to another congregant. 

“The suspects then fled the scene in a vehicle owned by a congregant. The vehicle has not been found as yet.

Charges of robbery, carjacking and kidnapping were opened at the KwaMsane police station for investigation.


Ngcobo says Detectives from KwaMsane, north of Durban made the breakthrough in the case over the weekend.

“Officers conducted an intelligence-driven operation on Sunday where they were searching for the robbery suspects. The operation yielded positive results when they arrested a 29-year-old suspect at Emanguzi for armed robbery,”

said the constable.

Ngcobo added that the suspect will be profiled by police to check if he is linked to other robbery and carjacking cases.

“We will cross-reference with other cases to see if there is a pattern to establish the finer details of the group’s modus operandi. More arrests are expected as investigations still unfold,”

said KZN police spokesperson Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo.

The arrested suspect is expected to appear before the KwaMsane Magistrates Court on Monday for charges of robbery, carjacking and kidnapping.

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