A UITENHAGE man arrested in connection with a tense 16-hour hostage drama in Port Elizabeth earlier this week appeared in the Motherwell magistrate‘s court yesterday
Xola Stanley Zembethe, 35, of Solundwana Street, is facing a charge of kidnapping following the incident in Motherwell.
The state opposes granting bail to Zembethe, who will now have to bring a formal bail application on February 26.
Zembethe allegedly threatened to douse his girlfriend‘s house with petrol following a long standoff with members of the police.
Police negotiators tried in vain to convince the Uitenhage man to hand himself over after he had earlier taken his girlfriend‘s sister and her two children hostage in Ndlovu Street.