Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

The kidnapping of Sandra Moonsamy: What we know so far

Sandra Moonsamy kidnappedSome details of the businesswoman’s kidnapping have come to light via eyewitness accounts

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

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.

Sandra Moonsamy – details of her kidnapping

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.

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