DURBAN - A man who boarded a minibus taxi from Umbumbulu to Pietermaritzburg on Saturday was robbed by a knife-wielding passenger.
Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala said the man boarded the taxi with four male occupants at 9am.
Gwala said while the taxi was travelling on uMlaas Road, one of the men, who was seated behind him, produced a knife and robbed him of his wallet and cellphone.
“He was also thrown out of the moving taxi by the suspects but no injuries were sustained by him,” she said.
She said the police were immediately alerted and the suspects were traced.
Shaheen Suleiman, the owner of Magma Security, said that at 10.30am on Saturday an alert was issued to look out for a flagged taxi with the registration number provided.
He said Magma reaction officers located the vehicle in Pietermaritzburg.
“PMB K9 and POP (Public Order Policing) arrived to assist. Four suspects were apprehended and the victim’s cellphone and bank cards were recovered in the vehicle,” said Suleiman.
Suleiman said the four suspects were detained at Loop Street police station.
A case was opened at Camperdown police station.
Gwala said the four suspects, aged between 17 and 19, were later arrested.
The suspects appeared in the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court today.