Icasa flats at centre of hijacks, kidnapping - police

2017-08-02 21:08
SA Police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA Police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Pretoria - The Icasa block of flats in Sunnyside seems to be at the centre of reported incidents where men have either been lured and kidnapped.

In some cases, this has been under the guise of meeting women on social media and via online dating sites.

In March, Clement Oghonim, 26, was arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 21-year-old man who was with his online blind date in Sunnyside.

Police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said Oghonim and his accomplices demanded money from the man.

“He told them he does not have any money and that he would ask his brother for money. His brother came to Sunnyside and instead informed police of what had happened. We then arrested Oghonim,” he said.

Oghonim is expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He is charged with kidnapping. 

Mavimbela said online dating is not a crime and they should assist police with information that could lead to any arrests.

He said the Icasa block of flats is believed to be a hideout place for criminals. 

In a separate incident, a 57-year-old man was hijacked and kidnapped at a filling station in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg, in June.

He was forced to drive to the Icasa block of flats by a group of five men. The men withdrew R50 000 from his bank account and later released him. 

His handgun that was reported stolen was recovered at the flats on Tuesday evening and a 31-year-old man was arrested.

He is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

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