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Hearse driver robbed at gunpoint in Phoenix, KZN

The hearse driver was approached by an individual who asked him for a light for his cigarette who then produced a firearm.

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A hearse driver was robbed of cash as he drove onto a property in Sastri Park in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 12 February.  

Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) said they received a call for assistance and on arrival, Reaction Officers were able to obtain a description of the suspects.


According to the victim, he was approached by an individual who asked him for a light for his cigarette. After providing a lighter, the suspect produced a firearm. Two other robbers approached and searched him while the gunman kept watch. 

“They stole R5000 in cash before they fled on foot. He was not conducting a funeral at the time of the robbery.

“An extensive search was conducted, however no arrests were made. The victim was not injured.”

Reaction Unit South Africa

Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man who was kidnapped could only be identified by parts of his tattoos after he was allegedly dragged behind a vehicle and his body dumped in a river.

RUSA spokesperson Prem Balra said Mthobisi Ngcobo from Cottonlands in KZN was kidnapped on Monday, 7 February 2022.

Balram said a vendor working in the Verulam Bus Rank confirmed that five (5) armed men were seen forcing Ngcobo into a silver/grey Toyota Etios at gunpoint. The vendor recorded the registration plates.

He added that Reaction Officers initially believed that the vehicle belonged to Law Enforcement, however after ownership was traced, it was found to be privately owned

“He is an ex-pupil of Mount View Secondary School. Ngcobo had tattoos on both his arms with the words “Mthobisi” and “Buhle” on each hand & stars and feet inked alongside. At the time of his disappearance, he was attired in a pair of black jeans, green jacket & a grey/black size seven (7) Diesel takkies.

“Ngcobo was found in the Inanda River with his hands bound behind his back. It is believed that he was tied to a vehicle and dragged before his body was dumped in the river in an attempt to remove the tattoos that would identify him. This could not be confirmed,” Balram said.

RUSA spokesperson, Prem Balra