SAPS warn about kidnapping

2017-03-22 06:03
Capt. André Beetge, police spokersperson. Photo: ARCHIVES

Capt. André Beetge, police spokersperson. Photo: ARCHIVES

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POLICE in Port Elizabeth sent out a stern warning last week that people should under no circumstances respond to the demands for money from kidnappers and should contact the police immediately.

The request comes after a woman from KwaZakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay paid a large amount of money to people who had kidnapped her husband last week, but the kidnappers did not return her husband to her.

Captain André Beetge, police spokesperson, said the woman’s husband (48) was kidnapped last Wednesday at about 8:30pm in Zwide.

The man was allegedly having a braai with a tavern owner in front of his house when four men arrived, overpowered him and forced him into a red bus and drove off.

At 9pm, the kidnappers made contact with the man’s wife and demanded money for the man’s safe return.

The woman paid the ransom at 9am on Thursday as she was told, but the kidnappers had demanded a further sum of money.

Beetge said the woman reported the incident at about 2:30pm that same day at the KwaZakhele Police Station.

“The police responded immediately and began searching for the man.”

He was found shortly after 4pm along Perserverance Road.

“He had been severely assaulted and rushed to the local provincial hospital.”

The couple did not want to talk to the media or be identified out of fear of a revenge attack.

Police urged the community to report similar incidents, as well as information leading to the arrest of the kidnappers. Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the kidnappers in this case should call Detective Warrant Officer Mzwandile Javu at 041 408 7812.

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