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With his hands bound behind his back with laces from his stolen shoes, Durban tour operator and private taxi driver Clyde Moholi ran along the N2 near eMdloti on Sunday night shouting for help.
The 27-year-old had been hijacked moments earlier by two men posing as a fare, who assaulted him at gunpoint, stole his clothes, and left him tied to a tree before driving off in his vehicle.
After dropping off a client in uMhlanga he received a call from a man who needed a lift from an eMdloti garage.
When he arrived at about 10pm two men climbed into his Toyota Avanza and asked to be taken to uMhlanga.
It was less than a kilometre into the journey when things went wrong and they assaulted Moholi.
One of the assailants drew a knife and threatened to stab Moholi. The pair forced him on to the back seat telling him to lie down, before driving off.
“From the way they drove I knew they were amateurs… That’s one of the reasons I stayed calm, I didn’t want them to panic and kill me,” said Moholi.
When the car stopped he was pulled out at gunpoint.
“They demanded I take off my takkies, and my clothing and hit me with stones then tied me with my shoelaces to a branch.”
One of the assailants told Moholi they would come back and kill him if the car was tracked, after which they took his cellphone and wallet.
“The moment they left I started untying myself.”
He freed his legs, but his hand restraints would not yield. Barefoot, Moholi ran along a sand road until he came across two men at the gate to a property. The pair thought Moholi was a criminal and chased him away.
Further down the road he met two men walking home and asked them for help. They untied his hands, but once he was free they told him to “keep running”.
“My feet were in so much pain and I was so scared.”
A man with his two children eventually stopped and asked Moholi what had happened. The driver phoned Moholi’s wife, Noluyolo, and told her to come and fetch him.
Moholi then ran to a nearby petrol station where Noluyolo found him.
Later the police found his car in KwaMashu.
In a separate incident early on Monday a security guard was assaulted while on patrol at a construction site in Pinetown. He was bound and placed in a portable toilet where he was later found by colleagues.