Kidnapped Koreans rescued in Johannesburg

2012-01-05 20:00

Johannesburg - A Korean father and his adult daughter were rescued by police on Thursday after they were kidnapped for ransom shortly after arriving in the country, police said.

Their kidnappers, five foreigners and a South African, were arrested and charged with kidnapping. They will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday, said SAPS spokesperson McIntosh Polela.

The 65-year-old man and his daughter, who is in her 30s, were lured to South Africa with a "419" scam. They apparently responded to an e-mail from the kidnappers who promised them tens of millions of dollars.

The Koreans were met at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday by a driver. They were taken to a house in Meadowlands in Soweto where they were held, with the driver, while the kidnappers demanded a ransom from their family in South Korea.

"They wanted $10m deposited into an account in Singapore," Polela said. "This was eventually negotiated down to $120 000."

The man's wife, in South Korea, contacted the South Korean embassy in South Africa. At the same time the driver escaped and alerted local police.

The rescue, in the early hours of Thursday, took place before the ransom was paid.

"The management of the SAPS would like to congratulate its members who were involved in the operation that saved the two South Koreans," Polela said.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-05 20:09

    Well done SAPS. Dummy award to the Korean. What are the odds the foreigners are Nigerian?

      Bozie - 2012-01-05 20:24

      This is actually classic. Foreigners kidnapping other foreigners. So basically this says, these Nigerians have now milked us for every cent we have to offer and are now attracting foreign investment into our country! - 2012-01-06 08:36

      Well done to the SAPS indeed. @Bozie I am 100% confident it was Nigerians, these people should leave our country with immediate effect.

  • Sifiso - 2012-01-05 20:23

    When researching South Africa before coming here, the Koreans probably only visited the tourism websites. My sympathies to them for the traumatic experience.

  • Bozie - 2012-01-05 20:32

    Come on News24! Malema had a mini rally in Welkom today. What did he tell the gathering????

      Squeegee - 2012-01-05 20:39

      Bozie, you need help. Juju fever is bad man. You need to be weaned off Julius stories. Go to a MA meeting (Malema Annonymous). Several News24 writers are already in rehab or in the later stages of severs withdrawl. Best of luck.

      Bozie - 2012-01-05 20:41

      LOL LOL LOL Squeegee!!! That was very funny!

      Lyndatjie - 2012-01-06 07:00

      @Squeegee - you cracked me up completely! brilliant...

  • mamoshianem1 - 2012-01-05 20:41

    I m tired of this foreigners who are making SA a bad place.It's about time South Africans act against this rotten potatoes.Most of foreigners are not refugee or Assylum seekers,they have filthy missions.

  • Dean Kenad - 2012-01-05 21:08

    " promised TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS" and they flew to SA. BLOODY CRIMINALS themselves. SAPS Shouldnt have rescued them.

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-06 09:56

      Bloemfontein...they missed the gravy train!All 14 of them!

  • Dean Kenad - 2012-01-05 21:10

    How convenient it is to ignore that our own south african was also involved

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-05 21:29

    Excellent work SAPS. Now go out and get the rest of these scumbags.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-05 22:00

    Come on SAPS, where are these foreigners from? Just saying they are foreigners is just an understatement, they are Nigerians. The war against crime will never be won if its against citizens and foreigners respectively. I think SA should review the way foreigners flock to our country without valid reasons.

  • jerry.kb - 2012-01-05 22:16

    Poor foreigners we are. Why do we always get involved in wrong, really wrong doings in other countries ? You see, five foreigners and one south african are here all 419. Let me guess; the five are Nigerians, right ? Let us all watch out. This is not good at all. And when South-African react, we cal it xenophobia. These chaps must face the maximum the Law of RSA has for them.

  • stevefortuin - 2012-01-05 22:53

    wow! Classic scene from a kidnapping movie happening right in our back yard! "They wanted $10m deposited into an account in Singapore," Polela said. "This was eventually negotiated down to $120 000." LOL

  • duncan.cramer - 2012-01-06 08:12

    bwahahahahaha..... "They wanted $10m deposited into an account in Singapore. "This was eventually negotiated down to $120 000." (after less than 2 full days) That's 1% of the original amount. Good on you boys. Make a plan. Stick to the plan. Stick to your guns! And does anyone have to point out that the family you're holding hostage for ransom, is most likely so financially desperate they'd fall for a 419 scheme themselves? Your logic wouldn't even pass our lowly life-skills pass rates.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-01-06 09:11

    The South African criminal world of enterprise becomes just that little bit more bazaar. Hilariously funny but no joke. Heads up to the authorities and the police, everybody safe and a good hats off. Now will somebody just give those foreign kidnapping jokers a 'vet-taai-klap'. Seriously, we can smile because the story has a good ending, but heck what is happening in our beautiful country, are we loosing the struggle? Or are we all just giving up.

  • Mark - 2012-01-06 14:41

    SA is not the kind of place you can just arrive in and have a jolly old time walking around doing as you like. You need a plan and a guide to stay away from the bad areas. Even then you're not 100% safe. People have to stop believing in that 'Alive with Possibilities' propaganda campaign that pushes SA as a premium destination. Foreigners - you have been warned.

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