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Woman abducted in Jhb

2010-07-04 08:09

Johannesburg - Two men were arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 21-year-old woman in Soweto on Saturday, police said

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the two men, who were arrested just after 04:00 on Sunday morning in different parts of Soweto, were allegedly part of a group of five men who abducted the woman from her house in Zola, Soweto.

"She was standing outside her house. They were driving a (VW) Kombi. They grabbed her, put her in the Kombi and drove off," said Makhubela.

The woman's father, who was in the house at the time of the incident, saw her being abducted and called the police.

The woman managed to phone her father from the place where she was kept, however, and he went to rescue her.

Locked her up

"They (her kidnappers) locked her in a shack and drove off," said Makhubela.

"When they came back they found the father and started to fight with him."

The man was assaulted and sustained cuts to his head and above his left eye, but the five men ran off, leaving the woman and her father at the shack.

The woman was not injured during the incident.

Police opened a case of kidnapping and assault with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH), and two of the five men were arrested on Sunday morning.

Unknown motive

"One was arrested in block two, Doringkop, while the other was arrested in block 11, Snake Park," said Makhubela.

Makhubela said the woman didn't know her alleged kidnappers and that the motive for the crime was unknown.

They didn't make any demands and none of them appeared to have been armed.

"We found nothing dangerous when we arrested them," said Makhubela.

The Kombi they used to commit the alleged crime was found in one of the men's possession. It didn't have any registration plates.

The three other men were still at large.

The two men were expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on charges of kidnapping and assault GBH on Monday.