Cape Town woman fakes kidnapping to 'test family's love'

2017-01-11 19:02

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – A Mitchells Plain woman has been arrested after she "faked" a kidnapping to test her family’s love for her, police said on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said the "victim" was arrested a few days after her disappearance when she was spotted at a mall.

An investigation was opened after the woman’s husband told police on Saturday that he had not seen his wife since January 4.

"WhatsApp messages sent to the cellular telephone of the daughter indicated that should the family want to see the victim alive again they must pay a ransom amount to the kidnappers. The victim's cellular telephone was then switched off," Van Wyk said.

A Joint Operational Centre was set up in Mitchells Plain, which included hostage negotiators and detectives.

Van Wyk said the "kidnappers" had demanded a ransom of R10m.

The woman was arrested on Tuesday after she was seen around the Promenade Mall in Mitchells Plain.

"The victim was interviewed by the investigation officer and it came to light that she wanted to see if her family loves her. No other suspects were involved."

She has been charged with kidnapping, extortion and defeating the ends of justice.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.