Kidnapped UJ student found safe

2014-04-16 11:28

A University of Johannesburg student kidnapped from the university’s Soweto campus has been found unharmed, Gauteng police said today.

The student was hijacked yesterday and his captors contacted his parents demanding R3 million for his release, Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said today.

The parents indicated they did not have enough money and the kidnappers dropped their ransom to R1 million and then to R500 000. The student’s parents did not pay the ransom.

The university’s security guards found the man walking in an open field this morning and took him to the university.

The student later told police his kidnappers threatened to kill him.

“His wallet and card were taken but according to the student no money has been withdrawn,” Makhubela said.

The student’s car has not yet been found.

“A case of kidnapping was opened and we are searching for three suspects who are still on the run,” Makhubela said.

Makhubela appealed to anyone with information on the case to contact the police.

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