More details emerge of Durban hostage drama

More details emerge of Durban hostage drama

Police say an armed man, who held employees at a pension fund office hostage in Durban, is a former SANDF member. 

Hostages held in Durban CBD
Nushera Soodyal

It's alleged that the retired soldier walked into the building on Anton Lembede Street on Thursday to demand his pension money.

Chaotic scenes unfolded outside the Salmon Grove Chambers after the man entered the building just after 2pm.

It's alleged that had some sort of explosive device strapped to him.

Police say he then allegedly threatened the office manager of the Government Employee's Pension Fund Office and they were called in to act.

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Officers say at this point, the man’s firearm was visible but not drawn and only verbal threats were made.

Police, dozens of members of the bomb squad, the Task Force and officers with what appeared to be machine guns were seen in and around the building.

Just before 4pm, they managed to diffuse the situation and were seen exiting the building with the man who they confirmed was taken in for questioning.

On Thursday night, the Government Employees Pension Fund confirmed that the incident had taken place at it's offices in Durban.

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