A 24-year-old man is believed to have taken his own life after he was allegedly kidnapped, severely assaulted and left for dead in Durban on New Year’s Day.
Security forces were called out to the scene after a member of public found the man hanging by a rope from a tree between the R102 and Old Main Road, in Verulam.
Upon arrival, medics assessed the individual. He showed no signs of life and was declared dead.
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His brother informed security officers that the deceased, Michael Chikura, arrived in South Africa from Masivingo in Zimbabwe about three years ago. After spending some time in Hillbrow, he settled in Waterloo.
On New Year’s Day, he was allegedly accosted by four men in Waterloo.
They began assaulting him before he was loaded into their vehicle and driven to North Beach where he was further assaulted for almost five hours.
He was left for dead after he was robbed of his brother’s passports as well as R600 in cash.
Chikura was located by police and transported to hospital. He registered a criminal case at Durban Central SAPS.
His brother went on to explain that since the day of the assault, Chikura has been concerned for his safety and feared that his attackers may return.
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He believes that this led to his brother’s suicide six days after the kidnapping. The deceased’s family is currently making arrangements to transport his body to Zimbabwe to conduct his final rights.
They are requesting for information from the public regarding the alleged kidnapping and attempted murder. If anyone has information that could lead to the arrest of the kidnappers, contact Reaction Unit South Africa on 086-123-4333.
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