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News: Kidnapped De Deur businessman rescued – three arrested


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the National Commissioner

PRETORIA - The National Crime Intelligence Anti-Kidnapping Task Team has made yet another breakthrough in less than five days after a Vereeniging businessman, Mr Zaheer Asmal, was kidnapped at his business premises on Friday morning.

Just before midnight on Monday, the Task Team led a multi-disciplinary operation consisting of members of the Special Task Force (STF), the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) assisted by private security.

The team swooped in at three identified addresses, one in Lenasia South where the victim was found unharmed. At this address, police arrested the owner of the property, a 70-year-old suspect.

At the second address in Ennerdale, police found a dark grey Toyota Hilux and fake registration number plates which were utilized in the commission of the crime. One suspect was arrested.

When police arrived at the third address in Roodepoort, police were met with gunfire, fortunately none of the Task Team members sustained any injuries. One suspect, a suspect was arrested. One unlicensed firearm was also seized.

All three suspects are facing charges relating to kidnapping and robbery with aggravated circumstances .The third suspect is facing additional charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm as well as attempted murder.

In the past week alone, the Task Team has arrested eight suspects linked to kidnappings where ransom demands were made.


Colonel Athlenda Mathe
082 040 8808



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