Sandra Moonsamy Kidnapping

Quick Update: Sandra Moonsamy has been recovered and is safe. More details to follow soon

Help bring home hostage Sandra Moonsamy (45) who is a mother, wife, and daughter. Although a man found in possession of her cell phone is still in police custody, investigators are appealing to the public for more leads which may assist in locating Sandra and bringing the perpetrators of her kidnapping to justice.

Sandra Moonsamy

2019
11 November `19, Mon - 10:00

Arrests – Four Suspects Appear in Court

3 Days, 11 Hours, 30 Minutes
Arrested to Court Appearance

For security reasons, all I will say [is] she is in good keeping. It will be wrong to say where she is for security reasons,” investigating officer Brigadier Gops Govender told journalists outside the Durban Magistrate’s Court where four accused appear in-camera – meaning no media or public were allowed at the proceedings. This decision was taken because of the high level of sensitivity surrounding the matter. Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that the accused – aged between 30 and 34 – have been charged with kidnapping, extortion, robbery, two counts of attempted murder, and remaining in the country without a valid permit. “The case has been postponed, pending further investigation until 18 November, 2019. The order of the court [is that] the names and details of the suspects not be published to not compromise the investigation.
18 November `19, Mon - 10:00

Trial – first court appearance of four suspects.

7 Days, 0 Hour, 0 Minute
From previous court appearance to this court appearance

The four people accused will not apply to be released on bail. Mxolisi Nxasana said his clients would only consider applying for bail once they saw the police docket. Some of the accused needed a Portuguese translator for the brief proceedings before Magistrate Anand Maharaj.


He added that the Hawks hoped to finalise various aspects of the case before it returned to court on January 20, 2020.
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2020
28 January `20, Tue - 09:00

Trial – second court appearance of four suspects.

2 Months, 10 Days, 23 Hours, 0 Minute
From previous court appearance to this court appearance

The four men accused of abduction are back in court. According to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crimes Unit spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the four men, between the ages of 30 and 34, were charged with kidnapping, extortion, attempted murder, robbery and entering the country without a valid permit.

 

They have been charged with two counts of attempted murder, one alleged against Moonsamy and another for a security guard.

25 February `20, Tue - 09:00

Trial – third court appearance of four suspects.

28 Days, 0 Hour, 0 Minute
From previous court appearance to this court appearance

Accused number two abandoned his bail application as there is an international warrant for his arrest. Further details were not made available. 

 

State Prosecutor Kuveshni Pillay reiterated to the court that the names and photographs of the accused cannot be published, as there is a second investigation underway by another police unit. The four accused were expected to apply for bail today. 

 

Accused number four has opted to use a legal aid representative instead of Nxasana. 

 

Magistrate Anand Maharaj adjourned the case to 24 March 2020 for the bail application.

24 March `20, Tue - 09:00

Trial – fourth court appearance of four suspects.

28 Days, 0 Hour, 0 Minute
From previous court appearance to this court appearance

The case was heard in court today without the presence of the accused who were kept in isolation as a result of the current Covid-19 situation.  The court heard that the accused will have to wait until after the lockdown period for the case to be heard again. The case has been postponed until 14 May 2020 or alternatively on a date after the lockdown has ended.

14 May `20, Thu - 09:00

Trial – Case Postponed until 20th May

1 Month, 21 Days, 0 Hour, 0 Minute
From previous court appearance to this court appearance

The case was briefly heard today without any of the accused present in court due to the COVID-19 restrictions.  One of the accused will continue with his bail application and hearing has been set for the 20th May when the accused will be present.  

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