Sandra Moonsamy

Sandra Moonsamy, Durban businesswoman was found alive after going missing in May 2019 / Image via Facebook: Reaction Unit SA

Sandra Moonsamy “still alive” according to law enforcement sources

The Hawks are supervising the ongoing ransom negotiations.

Sandra Moonsamy

Sandra Moonsamy, Durban businesswoman was found alive after going missing in May 2019 / Image via Facebook: Reaction Unit SA

An urgent police investigation into the kidnapping of Durban businesswoman, Sandra Moonsamy, is underway.

Update (3 June): Police believe Moonsamy is still alive

The South African Police Services (SAPS), in conjunction with the Hawks, have refuted claims that Moonsamy has been located. Instead, Hawks Spokesperson Captain, Simphiwe Mhlongo, explained that speculation over the businesswoman’s whereabouts emanated from cellphone tracking technology, which ‘pinged’ Moonsamy’s cellphone in the vicinity of Durban South.

Investigators say that the cellphone has not ‘pinged’ since – meaning that the device has been switched off.

Police and family members are, however, confident that Moonsamy is still alive.

Update (1 June): Cellphone pings

South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, better known as The Hawks, has confirmed that Sandra Moonsamy has been ‘located’. According to cellphone tracking technology, the businesswoman, or at the very least, her cellphone, is holed-up in an apartment building in Durban near Ushaka Marine.

Sandra Moonsamy – details of her kidnapping

Moonsamay, the daughter of Poonsamy Naicker, a transport and logistics tycoon, was kidnapped on Thursday afternoon, while travelling in the vicinity of Pinetown, Durban. Reaction Unit SA – the private security company which first broke news of the incident – explained that the 40-year-old Moonsamay had been forced off Stapleton Road by armed assailants before being bundled into another vehicle.

While police and private security officials urgently sift through the scarce information available to them, some details of the businesswoman’s kidnapping have come to light via eyewitness accounts. Reaction Unit SA explained the circumstances surrounding the incident, saying:

“According to a witness, several African males in a silver VW Golf, a white hatchback BWM & a bakkie forced the businesswoman off the road.”

Moonsamay’s black Range Rover was recovered, shortly after 18:00 on Thursday. The vehicle’s driver’s side window had been fired at, twice, and there was no sign or trace of the businesswomen. Reaction Unit SA added that when the gunmen approached, Moonsamay locked her doors, which, ostensibly, resulted in the shooting:

“They then fired shots at the drivers window when she locked herself in. Other suspects damaged the left window with the butt of a firearm and forced her out. She was then pushed into a vehicle driven away.”

Nearby security officers intercepted the kidnappers and attempted to give chase. The pursuers, however, were forced to abandon their efforts when the assailants fired upon the security vehicle. Hallmarks of a kidnapping were confirmed when the victim’s belongings – her handbag and phone – were discovered at the scene, meaning that robbery was not the motive behind the attack.

Speculation over kidnapping motives

With robbery ruled out as a motive, attention has turned to the issue of kidnapping for ransom.

Crossmoor, the multimillion-rand logistics company, is a Naicker family business. Moonsamay’s father, Poonsamay, is the Group CEO, with her brothers, Alvin and Inderan, heading-up the plant and bulk divisions, respectively. Sandra Moonsamay’s mother, Luchtmee, leads the company’s finance department.

According to the company’s website, Crossmoor, founded 45 years ago, focuses extensively in the logistics and road rehabilitation sectors.

If you have any information on the kidnapping of Sandra Moonsamy, kindly call Reaction Unit South Africa on 0861234333 or Prem Balram on 0721706100.