Cape Town businessman's alleged kidnappers in court

2016-12-09 13:12
Magistrates court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Magistrates court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A tearful Khayelitsha woman and two Pakistani nationals accused of kidnapping a Lotus River businessman appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Ntombikhoni Mgxekwa, 28, Haseem Khalied, 27, and Zibi Jahazab, 29, made their first appearance and would remain in custody until December 15 for a bail application.

The businessman was kidnapped from his eatery on Sunday night.

It is understood that a ransom demand of R11m was made to the man's brother the following morning.

Police investigations resulted in the suspects' arrest on Tuesday, when the badly beaten businessman was found at a house in Khayelitsha.

A number of foreigners filled the courtroom on Friday. Others stood in the passages outside. Another group protested outside the court, calling for the alleged kidnappers to remain behind bars.

Cluster community police forum chairperson Hanif Loonat said the kidnapping of business owners, specifically foreigners, was more common than authorities believed.

"Most of the time, they just pay the demanded ransom and refuse to open cases because they don't trust the police," he said.

Fear of retribution also played a major role, Loonat added.

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