East Rand girl kidnapped

2011-12-08 18:27

Johannesburg - A businessman from Witbank was arrested on Thursday after the kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl, police said.

The girl was still missing by late afternoon, said Captain Alfred Nakana.

She failed to return home after her mother sent her to the Elangeni Shopping Complex in Daveyton on the East Rand to buy groceries on Monday morning.

"Around 22:00, the mother received a call from a man demanding R80 000 in cash for the safe return of her daughter. She immediately went to the police station."

The police traced the phone call and arrested the 40-year-old man at his house in Witbank on Thursday.

"Preliminary investigations led the police to the house of the man who is the owner of taxis and buses," Nakana said.

"The girl is still missing. She is wearing a summer dress."

Investigations continue and the man is expected to appear in court soon.

Police asked anyone with useful information to call Captain Angel Mthethwa on 083-479-7196.

  • Ben - 2011-12-08 18:38

    He should know where the girl is. If he wont talk there are ways to make him talk.

      Eric - 2011-12-09 07:13

      It's harder than you think Ben. He knows that if he speaks he is dead anyways. You are correct but it's not a simple process bud.

      Marion - 2011-12-09 07:55

      Most definitely they have ways to make him talk. Don't delay. Use persuasive tactics. Very persuasive.

      Johan - 2011-12-09 08:45

      @Ben - Excactly! I say waterboard the bastard.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-08 18:39

    Cluedos for a brilliant description of what the girl was wearing-"She was wearing a summer dress"?????? The evils of money and the lengths people will go to to get it! Hope the girl is found quickly and unharmed.

      Karin - 2011-12-09 11:20

      A better description, might just help find the girl sooner

  • Lynn - 2011-12-08 18:51

    How awful. I hope she is ok. Hope they find her soon. Her family must be going through hell.

  • Homemissionary - 2011-12-09 07:19

    Not again :-( Does anyone feel safe in this country of ours? Poor mother must be kicking herself for doing such an innocent thing.

  • DieSeL - 2011-12-09 09:19

    What an idiot! He makes a ransom call from his house? Hope they find the girl unharmed!

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