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Police launch manhunt after two men were kidnapped during business robbery

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free Sate


WELKOM - Four armed men pounced at a business premises, kidnapped two men and hijacked the customer's vehicle at the crime scene.

On 16 June 2022 at about 18:30, a 40-year-old business owner of a supermarket at Tugela circle, St Helena, Welkom was allegedly approached by four armed unknown men. He managed to flee to the nearby flats. The suspects entered the premises and at gun point, kidnapped his brother and uncle. They forced the victims to get into the customer's silver Polo Vivo with registration number CTR 213 NC, and fled the scene with it.

The incident was reported to the Welkom Police Station and a case of kidnapping, business robbery and hijacking was registered for further investigation.

Anyone with information to trace these kidnappers and trace the victims, Detective Sergeant Molelekeng Tsoeu of Provincial Organized Crime Unit can be contacted at cellphone number 065 820 6299 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111. Tip-offs can be submitted via the My SAPS App.


Captain Stephen Thakeng