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News: Durban SAPS hostage negotiators played a vital role in arresting alleged kidnappers

Media Statement from KwaZulu-Natal Media Centre
Corporate Communication
South African Police Service


Durban Hostage Negotiators worked tirelessly around the clock searching for the victim who was allegedly kidnapped and held hostage at Chatsworth area last week. Their hard work yielded positive results when the missing victim was found alive and four suspects were arrested. The firearm believed to be used during the kidnapping was also recovered. The arrested suspects, aged between 37 and 59 years, are due to appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court soon facing kidnapping charges.

On 29 June 2018, the victim was allegedly kidnapped by suspects while at Westcliff area, Chatsworth. It is alleged that the victim was at Westcliff area when he was approached by the suspects who forcefully took him away. The case was reported to the police and a search was conducted. Durban Hostage Negotiators were also alerted and assist with the search. The suspects demanded ransom cash from the family of the victim before they can release him as he was kept hostage at an unknown place. Durban Negotiators intervene and negotiated with the suspects. Ransom money was also demanded from the victim’s brother in Uganda and one thousand US Dollars was deposited into one of the suspect’s account. Umhlali K9 unit, Special Task Force and National Intervention Unit also join the search and two suspects were arrested who were in a suspected looking vehicle in KwaDukuza. On further investigation, two more suspects were arrested and one of them was found in possession of a firearm believed to be used during the kidnapping case.

Durban Hostage Negotiators played a big role in getting information and identifying suspects as well in this case. Information was given to K9 unit and detectives who managed to trace and arrest the suspects. The victim was kept in a house at Mandeni and later he managed to escape with visible injuries.



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