Jhb kidnappers caught red handed

2014-02-06 22:22

Johannesburg - Eight men, including a police officer, have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a man in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, police said on Thursday.

The group was arrested on Wednesday, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

The 32-year-old man was kidnapped from a Lenasia petrol station on Tuesday. The kidnappers instructed their victim to withdraw money from his account.

"He withdrew R6 060 and gave it to them," Makhubela said.

On Wednesday, they instructed him to call his family and tell them they wanted a R90 000 ransom for his release.

The man's family notified the police, and then arranged to meet the kidnappers at the same petrol station where the man had been taken from.

The kidnappers, excluding the policeman, arrived at the petrol station in two cars and a panel van.

They were arrested and the kidnapped man was found blind-folded and handcuffed at the back of the panel van, said Makhubela.

"He was unharmed."

The seven men then led police to Tembisa, where they had kept the kidnapped man. They also led police to the policeman who, they said, had been part of the plan.

All eight men would appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Friday.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2014-02-06 22:44

    "including a police officer". Every hour, there's proof that flies in the face of the govt's cry "South Africa is safe". And as for "he was unharmed", this is just another manifestation of journalistic, societaly and government denialism. No sentient being is unharmed by being kidnapped, blindfolded and handcuffed. Kudos for the capture but when are ZAnians really going to say enough is enough? From riots to child abuse to torture to murder. Everything is 'normal' to this government. When are we going to stop believing the lie and regain our senses and sensibility?

      Sharon Hamilton - 2014-02-07 05:52

      I'm baffled by the ANC's voter base lack of willingness to demand from the ANC an end to Corruption In all departments, Nepotism, Cronyism, Tender Fraud, Inept Provincial Adminitration etc... It's one step from hell in any country when the Police, who are supposed to be the protectors of the public are complicit in most of the serious crimes i.e. armed robbery, kidnapping, extortion, murder, etc.. Could it be that this is accepted behaviour within this culture hence the apathy towards "cleaning out the house", surely the ANC voter base should be up in arms re Nkandla-Gate, instead we have navel gazing and shuffling of the feet in their dirt, garbage and squalor.

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-02-07 08:18

      Sharon, it has a lot to do with the fact that there are many people who do not have access to news reports reporting on these issues. For most of the people currently burning down all and sundry the only word they ever hear comes directly from the mouths of the propagandist fat cats. So the real question is: when are we going to start making more of an effort to get the REAL word out there?

      Sharon Hamilton - 2014-02-07 11:35

      @Leigh I don't buy that it's a lack of information, The black middle class has access to political information/news, those that live in rural areas have sattelite dishes (guess soccer only) Those that work in or near towns are well aware of the shenanigans of the corrupticians, but they're STILL apathetic, so what gives ?, but they'll toy toy with glee when a politico says the land must be appropriated, or one settler, one ......

  • Åbshir Fire Øgle Ål-bäsrå - 2014-02-06 22:59

    Job well done by the brave familly of that man for calling honest cops into the case !

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-02-06 23:24

      How do you know that you're calling an 'honest' cop?

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-02-06 23:10

    And every time a crime is committed lately a cop is involved. Doesn't look good for the police!

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-02-07 06:31

      The courts needs to put cops away for life if they break the law . That's where the problem starts . No will to make people honest .

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-02-07 08:21

      Proper checks need to be made into the background of a person before being employed into the SAPS. I wonder how many of these policemen would turn to crime if they were actually paid proper salaries? I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that for a measly R4000 a month I would not be the least bit interested in protecting your R1m property, etc. It's high time police were actually paid what they are worth - maybe then we'll start to see a huge difference in the attitudes of so many policemen/women.

      Hluvukani Craig Mabasa - 2014-02-07 15:34

      it realy looks bad on saps cause even their commanders are criminals

  • Madoda Phillemon - 2014-02-06 23:27

    what is the salary of the police officers actually ????

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-02-06 23:52

      Actually, if we have to put a price on people's ethics and morality, regardless of their profession, then we are truly a lawless society

      SJ Lubisi - 2014-02-07 06:04

      R6000 .

      Shirley Bisschoff - 2014-02-07 08:04

      How is that relevant? It doesn't matter why their salaries are, there is no way kidnapping someone for ransom will ever be right. Stop trying to justify crime!

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-02-07 08:22

      Depends on your position. My cousin (with a degree in criminology) was advised by SAPS HR NOT to apply. According to them, even with a degree she would probably never earn more than R4500 a month.

      SunshinyDay - 2014-02-07 08:51

      Madoda, are you basically implying that because the police earn Rx.xx, then it justifies the corruption? Quite frankly, if a cop is involved then he doesn't deserve any salary. Who knows what other crimes he has been involved in?

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-02-07 08:58

      Lacrimosewolf: How interested would you be to put your life on the line every single day for others when you are paid so little that the quality of your own life is absolute sh*t?

      Jacques Van Dyk - 2014-02-07 09:16

      Leigh-Rose. U are straying from the point. He chose to take the job. He made a commitment under oath to protect and serve. You cannot justify what has been done by this cop because he earns peanuts or the fact that the job is dangerous. He is the worst kind of criminal and should be dealt with extremely hard.

      June Francis - 2014-02-07 09:35

      Why does that make a difference? Their salary might be low, but they get housing allowances , medical aid , pension , and other benefits that when added back to total cost to company is about the same as the average worker.

      Konrad Martin Röntgen - 2014-02-07 10:59

      madoda,do i thus gather that you want to imply that if you earn a small salary,that you are entitled to commit a crime. what utter rubbish!!!

      Johan Korff - 2014-07-28 11:59

      My wife has 30 years service with the SAPS and earns a measly R10 000.00 per month. I agree that policeman should be paid what they are worth and to take the huge salaries from the cronies and ministers, to create an budget for the police to be able to be paid what they are worth.

      Alfredo Alfacinha - 2014-11-03 09:03

      it all depends on their rank.. you have many cops earning big bucks but they have no brains ..don't know how to use their discretion or have common sense..

  • Gemima Cricket - 2014-02-07 00:02

    Batho pele

  • Sola Ntobz Sweetman - 2014-02-07 02:50

    Hay hay hay! We r nw becomin circus animals in this country. Police r corrupt like never ever b4.

  • Wes Schoch - 2014-02-07 05:09

    At least the kidnapped man still has his fingers when I read the headline that the kidnappers were caught red handed i thought it was a test run.

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-02-07 08:23


  • Junior Jay Tyala - 2014-02-07 06:19

    Perhaps , the govt need to enhance information background investigation when recruiting and have internal affairs unit for monitoring police behaviour. To simple appoint a policeman over the counter and arrest only when committed an offense might pose threat.

      Nick Garas - 2014-02-07 07:42

      You do now have Internal affairs investigating-they are known as IPID-and what IPID!!!! the renowned and famous McBride!!! an example for all!!! he is of the real new generation of cops-a drunk,gun runner, bomber,liar-but nevertheless a cop!! of the highest order-keep it up ANC you are doing a good job!!

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-02-07 08:24

      No, they need to have internal affairs that is NOT run by a criminal!

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-02-07 06:30

    Criminals feel free to commit crime because of the ridiculously small sentences given . Any violent crime or kidnapping or paedophiles should get first offense sentences of 25 years . We should put up menu boards of the Crome and the time so that thugs know beforehand what awaits them .

  • jungleboy - 2014-02-07 07:04

    One of the cornerstones of any civilised society are the police. We have reached a tipping point where trust in police is shattered. These are symptoms of a failed state. The enemy from within.

  • Cyril Ramovha - 2014-02-07 07:13


  • Thuram George - 2014-02-07 07:26

    We live in dis crazy world where criminalz r rolemodelz most of de crimes commitd stupid cops alwayz involvd we r nt safe in dis country

  • Mapere Rantho - 2014-02-07 08:37

    something is not rigth with the s.a.p.s you can't trust them,the public is not safe anymore.

  • June Francis - 2014-02-07 09:36

    I have become so desensitised to crime that i cannot even become emotional about it any more. I am like a survivor in a war torn country.

  • Rob Tubbs - 2014-02-07 17:56

    I love my Police Force. They make me feel so safe......

  • Pierre Van Zyl - 2014-02-17 09:09

    SA Police is the best in the world. They are always on the crime scene BEFORE any crime has taken place.

  • Anton van der Merwe - 2014-06-23 07:30

    If we talk about coruption and the ANC the blk ppl jump up and say we are rasist, but the reality is we never had this crap in the old SA. The ANC pic there own ppl that has no qualifications to be in charge of a goverment department. We have idiots in parliament that thinks out laws to protect the criminals and to in danger us the paying public. I agree with all the readers here police cant be trusted they have no training all they do is bribe steal and use goverment vehicles is commit crimes.The new minister of police want to clean up the police force again this minister has no qualifications the police has shown that for more than 25 years there service is coruptand this mminister will save the police in 5 years IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. ppl of SA protect your self in any way posible and dont trust the police or this goverment.

  • Esther de Waal - 2014-07-28 09:09

    SAPS - South African Police Skelms. A rapidly growing force.

  • Lebohang Lijo-Legote - 2015-02-27 15:27

    i give up on our Police Officials

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