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2022/06/09      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel R Netshiunda   |   Province:  Gauteng

Pretoria: 09 June 2022. A multidisciplinary team which has been established to investigate kidnapping cases in which ransom has been demanded has achieved yet another success when they arrested seven alleged kidnappers and rescued a businessman who was allegedly snatched from his business premises in Hercules, Pretoria on Saturday, 04 June 2022.  

The investigating team operationalised intelligence information on Tuesday and arrested one foreign national along the N12 route towards Potchefstroom. The suspect was found in possession of bank cards and a driver’s licence which belonged to another victim who was reported kidnapped in Gugulethu, Western Cape in 2021. Further investigations led the police to Crystal Park in Ekurhuleni where the victim was rescued and three suspects who were found safeguarding him were subsequently arrested. One firearm and a toy gun were found in the premises.

Follow-up investigations pointed the police to Tembisa where three more suspects were arrested. Two suspects were arrested at the Tswelopele Section whereas another one was nabbed at Zone 8, Winnie Mandela Section. The suspects allegedly contacted the victim’s family and demanded a ransom. The team comprising of members from the Head Office Crime Intelligence, Potchefstroom Highway Patrol, Gauteng and North West Provincial Operational Coordination, Tshwane Hostage Negotiating Team and private security  worked around the clock to ensure that the victim was rescued unharmed.  

The seven suspects will appear before the Pretoria Central Magistrates' Court on Friday to face charges of kidnapping and extortion.