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Four arrested for kidnapping Indian businessman at OR Tambo airport

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the National Commissioner


Four suspects have been arrested after an Indian businessman who had just landed at OR TAMBO International Airport from India was kidnapped.

The victim was kidnapped on arrival on Friday, 20th of January 2023. Preliminary investigations indicate that the Indian businessman was lured to South Africa by the syndicate that was posing as businessmen.

After kidnapping him, the men made ransom demands to his family in India.

A multidisciplinary team consisting of various expertise within the SAPS was established and on Tuesday, 23 January 2023 the team traced the suspects to the Fordsburg area.

Four cellphones including the one used to communicate with the family was seized, as well as the victims watch and driver’s license was found in their possession. One firearm and several SIM cards were also seized. A substantial amount of money was also seized which is believed to be ransom payments. 

The four suspects will appear before the Kempton Park Magistrates court on Thursday, 26 January 2023. The four face kidnapping and extortion charges.

The victim is safe and is receiving counselling.




Brigadier Athlenda Mathe