10 held in Joburg for kidnapping

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Johannesburg - Ten people were arrested after 29 alleged kidnap victims were found in a house in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, police said on Saturday.

"Police traced the suspects to a house in Driezik 5 in Orange Farm this morning [Saturday] and found the 29 victims, 16 females and 13 males aged between 20 and 30, at the residence," Lieutnant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

"The victims were from Mozambique and Zimbabwe."

Nine men and a woman were arrested. Two minibus taxis were also confiscated.

Mogale said police were not ruling out the possibility of human trafficking.

Police were investigation an alleged kidnapping of a woman and her 16-month-old baby at the Beit Bridge border after her husband alerted police that his wife was held against her will by a group of people.

"The group had told the husband that they were in Soweto and that he must deposit money for the safe return of his wife," said Mogale.

The 10 are expected to appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court soon to face charges of kidnapping.

- SAPA
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