Siyanda Ndlovu
Digital Journalist
1 minute read
10 Jun 2021
2:58 pm

UPDATE: Durban hostage drama suspect arrested

Siyanda Ndlovu

It is not clear how many people are being held hostage, but suspects are believed to be armed with firearms and explosives.

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Police have defused the situation and arrested a suspect who held hostage people inside a building in the Durban CBD.

It is believed the suspect is a disgruntled former state employee who had not been paid his pension money, but police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said that was yet to be confirmed.

Police were dispatched on Thursday afternoon to monitor the situation around 14:30, according to Mbhele.

“Right now the situation has been defused, the suspect has been taken in for questioning,” said Mbhele.

Various law enforcement agencies were are on the scene. Mbhele said that police were still trying to gather more evidence, even though the man had been apprehended.

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“Explosives unit were in attendance, the scene has been cordoned off, no injuries reported paramedics on scene and in attendance, the special task force as well as the metro police further reports will be made when the information becomes available as police continue with investigations,” said Mbhele.

This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available