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2023/06/19      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel S Mhlongo   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

KWAZULU-NATAL – On Friday, 16 June 2023 Hawks members from Durban Serious Organised Crime Investigation working together with Crime Intelligence and Hostage Negotiator arrested two suspects aged 30 and 47 for kidnapping as well as hijacking. 

On 11 June 2023, a 33-year-old victim was hijacked and kidnapped by the suspects outside a night club in Cato Manor. His vehicle was later found abandoned in Berea area. A case of hijacking and kidnapping was reported at Cato Manor police station. The case docket was allocated to the Hawks members for intensive investigation.

The suspects demanded a ransom of R50 000.00 from the victim’s girlfriend and colleagues. An amount of R5 000.00 was taken from the victim’s bank account.   

Members worked tirelessly since the date of the incident and a joint operation was conducted on Friday. Suspects were spotted driving along M25 towards Inanda and police stopped them. One suspect fled the scene and fired shots towards the police who responded in self-defence fatally wounding him.

The two suspects were placed under arrest and the victim was successfully rescued. He was taken to hospital for medical examination. The pair is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today.