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07 November 2011 at 17:44 - Posted by Anonymous

Hero cops find hostage family


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Top row, from left: Warrant Officer Sipho Shandu and Constable Sihle Gumede. Bottom row from left: Constable Samke Ngewnya, Constable Sbonelo Ntombela and police dog, Brady. Picture: Gcina Ndwalane

“The bushes were thick and dense and police officers battled to track them. The dog unit then went in to try to find the family,” a police source told the Daily News.

He was describing the rescue of Zama Cele and her two children from where they were being held hostage by her ex-boyfriend in a forest near Inanda. The Durban Dog Unit and Inanda police were called to the man’s home, but he had dragged Cele and the children into a nearby forest.
 
The policeman said Constable Sihle Gumede and Warrant Officer Sipho Shandu, together with Brady, a cross labrador, tried to pick up a spoor.
 
“The members battled to get through bushes. It was extremely hot and the dense bushes hampered their visibility. The police helicopter was also circling the forest but they too, could not see anything.” Finally Brady found the family’s scent.
 
The source said after following the spoor for more than 2km, the policemen spotted the man, Cele and the two children, in a clearing.
 
“The children were traumatised and hysterical. One of them was semi-naked. As the members approached the man, the seven year old began crying even more. The father then kicked him in the stomach. The members were stunned and also feared the man was armed with a gun.”
 
For an hour they tried to calm him down and win his trust. “He was like a madman. He told the members he did not trust his girlfriend and that everyone in the community was laughing behind his back because she was unfaithful to him. He said he had a spear and wanted to kill all of them. He said he was better off dead.”
 
The man finally surrendered and the policemen managed to lead them safely out of the forest. Cele and her children were treated for shock and dehydration. - Daily News
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