'Kidnapped' man found at braai

2011-12-28 12:10

Port Elizabeth - A Port Elizabeth man who claimed to have been kidnapped for a R5m ransom was arrested after being found at a braai with friends on Christmas Day, Beeld reported on Thursday.

He was expected to appear in court on Thursday on charges of obstruction of justice and fraud.

Police spokesperson Captain Stanley Jarvis was quoted as saying they suspected he wanted to use the money to get himself out of financial difficulties.

The man travelled to Johannesburg on business when, according to his wife, he disappeared between December 12 and 13.

On December 16 she went to the police and reported him missing. She said she had received a phone call from "kidnappers" demanding R5m ransom.

An organised crime unit went to work and looked at his cellphone statements to see who he had been in contact with.

Police also contacted his Facebook friends, and eventually got an address near Hartebeespoort dam, in the North West.

"On Christmas day local investigators went to the address and found him next to the braai with his friends," Jarvis told Beeld.

  • MNLProduction - 2011-12-28 12:19

    Yah neh

      Anthony - 2011-12-28 15:19

      come on guys you must give him a bells for stupidity lol.

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-28 18:31

      Hey he just forgot he had been recovered. Honest mistook.

      Sharon - 2011-12-28 20:23

      I believe he will be featured in the next series of World's Dumbest....

  • Wayne - 2011-12-28 12:22

    What a toffee...

  • Johan - 2011-12-28 12:23


  • JamesLoretz - 2011-12-28 12:24

    While you are at it. Arrest his friends/accomplices as well.

      ngoako.mathekga - 2011-12-28 13:24

      @James what if friends didn't know about the plan?

      JamesLoretz - 2011-12-28 14:14

      Not very likely at all. But I understand where you are coming from! Chances are his friends knew all about it.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-28 12:27

    Financial problems to St Albans with you...

  • Itumeleng Sekatane Selahle - 2011-12-28 12:33

    low life who's going to come back broke come january sies man

  • Ashley - 2011-12-28 12:35

    he must stop watching movies.....

      sonwabile.nomnganga - 2011-12-28 15:35

      he watches too much Tom Cruize

      Gordon - 2011-12-28 15:40

      True,I think he likes the "Hangover" movies!!

  • Lionel - 2011-12-28 12:36

    What a newb!

      John - 2011-12-28 13:05

      A new crime line for a change, normally it's all about drug mules. At least he won't get the death penalty.

  • Gary - 2011-12-28 12:37

    Make him pay back all the money that was wasted on finding him.

      Mpho - 2011-12-28 14:42

      Gary, how is he gonna pay if he already has financial problems?

      Carl - 2011-12-28 15:48

      I believe they do actually bill you for all charges in a case like this. I heard one a while back about a guy who claimed he had been hi-jacked. Apparently they send him a bill. He was trying to claim the insurance on his car.

      Gary - 2011-12-28 16:09

      Mpho? Personally, I don't care if he struggles to pay this for the rest of his life, why should the tax payer have to foot the bill for him being a criminal?

  • Bytjies - 2011-12-28 12:38

    hahaha classic fail!!!!!

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-12-28 12:39

    LOL... what a braindead idiot!

  • Charmain - 2011-12-28 12:49

    hope he sits a long time wasting all cops manpower

  • Colin - 2011-12-28 13:09

    I wonder who he thought was going to pay the ransom money.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-28 13:16


      Anton - 2011-12-28 15:02

      I don't think he got to part B of his plan!

  • WotzisName - 2011-12-28 13:10

    Ha ha ha what a chop! His wife should also be arrested, she's clearly in on it!

      Denise - 2011-12-29 06:59

      Maybe he was hoping his wife's family would. She may not have been in on it. The kidnappers probably told her NO POLICE, but she contacted them anyway, from that moment on scuppering his plan...

  • Ramudzuli Muthuphei - 2011-12-28 13:24


  • MrGuyT - 2011-12-28 13:27

    What a toss

  • Theo - 2011-12-28 13:38

    if he was in financial trouble, who would have paid the ransom????

  • Irene - 2011-12-28 13:39

    What a chop! (Excuse the pun).

  • tony.bosman2 - 2011-12-28 13:40

    What a tonsil. He has waisted your and my tax money on unecessary police actions so he must join the rest of the criminals.

      lynda.schenck - 2011-12-28 15:32

      and "waisted" good money on an education? Its wasted....... sigh

  • Comrade - 2011-12-28 13:47

    LOL LOL LOL this is funny

  • Janice - 2011-12-28 13:48

    Hope he at least had a beer at the braai before being carted of to chookie...

  • Christopher - 2011-12-28 13:54


  • steve.havenaar - 2011-12-28 14:04

    doos!!!!! Love it

  • Katlego - 2011-12-28 14:06

    Epic fail...dumb dumber dumbest..

  • Beetroot - 2011-12-28 14:24

    Was he alright? Did the braaiers beat him with a klipdrift bottle?

      sonwabile.nomnganga - 2011-12-28 15:31

      they made him have much fun to the point that he forgot he was kidnapped

  • Hendrik - 2011-12-28 14:28

    Wait, wait wait - nobody asked, nor assumed his colour! It is unheard of to start commenting without knowing that vital piece of info!! You see people, stupid is as stupid does, regardless of colour. Truth be told, I am glad to see every now and again a string of comments that "forget" about the race card ... we might very slowly be getting ther .. bar any presidential statements in the near future, of course!!

      hlakulao - 2011-12-28 14:32

      Hendrik don't be boring man comeon,

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-28 14:29

    "On Christmas day local investigators went to the address and found him next to the braai with his friends," Jarvis told Beeld......ROTFLMAO!!!!! I wonder if he was doing the braai.

  • michel.pieterse - 2011-12-28 14:39

    I feel really bad for this guy being Christmas and all, so I will give him a couple of pointers as to my understanding of a Kidnapping for future reference: 1. Victim: The kidnapped person, usually someone that comes from a family/Associates that actually does have money –NEVER NEVER yourself!! 2. Kidnapper: Person that seeks money by forcefully removing an individual to hold in captivity for a ransom from family/loved ones. PS: You CAN NOT be the Kidnapper and Victim, it completely defeats the object!! It just doesn’t work that way! 3. Target : Person from whom Ransom is required, now this is a very important key point!! The Target MUST have money and not be in financial difficulties, do some homework next time. 4. Commitment: You have to be 100% committed, Christmas is NOT and exception!! 5. Location: It’s very important to avoid ALL family and friends or even work colleges during and after the kidnapping, unless of course you are the victim, which you won’t be if you are the kidnapper 6. Communication: Eish….. This goes without saying dude…But stay off facebook!! Man if this wasn’t such a waste of taxpayers’ money I would like to see an article like this at least once a day hahaha! Thanks you bonehead!

  • nasheenar - 2011-12-28 14:48

    So while the cops were looking for his sorry ass real crime was taking place elsewhere, him and his wife should be locked up.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-28 16:05

      he pawned his wife for braai meat and beer

  • geoffrey.toomey - 2011-12-28 14:52

    I thnk he just left his wife and she made up the story of kidnapping to con the police into finding him for her. Watch this space.......

  • sonwabile.nomnganga - 2011-12-28 14:57

    Masterpiece. Kidnapped by the braai stand

      Beetroot - 2011-12-28 15:00

      at least he was not starved by the kidnappers. I wonder if it was a fish braai?

      sonwabile.nomnganga - 2011-12-28 15:28

      it seems he was well taken care of. hence the ransom of so much was required. U can tell he was allowed to take a shower in the morning and warm bath with form in the evening. menu to choose meals for the day...

      Anthony - 2011-12-28 15:36

      wow that sounds like jail lol

  • Anton - 2011-12-28 15:01

    I wonder if he had a red canoe with him....

      Beetroot - 2011-12-28 15:12

      When the Hartebeesport dam water police caught him he was in pocession of 100 grams of Robertson's braai salt.

      sonwabile.nomnganga - 2011-12-28 15:37

      hahahahaaahaahahah Beetroot.. u made my day

  • glowworm1970 - 2011-12-28 15:14

    what a silly billy

  • Serame Ramathesele - 2011-12-28 15:19

    I don't think this is a big issue ,the guy just do what many of guys are doing ,its just that he went beyond the linit by bin greedy.I submit the charges might include perjury.

  • Ntombza - 2011-12-28 15:25


  • Ingrid - 2011-12-28 16:21

    Hit that man (on the head) with a Bells bottle!

  • daniel.w.gie - 2011-12-28 16:53

    well I guess he was caught Napping .....I kid you not .

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-12-28 17:08

    ‘Kidnapped man found braaing' would've been a seller!

  • Alva - 2011-12-28 17:21

    What a tjop!

      Beetroot - 2011-12-28 17:40

      it was more than one. It was a whole braai crowd.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-28 17:27

    Maybe he was just trying to get away from a nagging wife and knew she cold never come up with the R5mil!

  • Don Motshwane - 2011-12-28 18:30

    This was just a strategy to run away from the wife over the Xmas period. I mean who was going pay the ransom, Hallo Dummy!!!

  • Don Motshwane - 2011-12-28 18:34

    This was just a strategy to run away from the wife over the Xmas period. I mean who was going pay the ransom, Hallo Dummy!!!

  • Chabi - 2011-12-28 18:42

    What's his Colour ? I want to say something bad about the ANC ...

  • Luce - 2011-12-28 19:11

    hehe he, he did try!!

  • Ian - 2011-12-28 21:07

    toooo muuuch branderwyn en koke, stupid raw dingbat

  • Johnny - 2011-12-29 01:09

    Tweedle Dumb, and Tweedle Dumber...

  • Imvubu - 2011-12-29 03:16

    Brainless morons like this man should have to pay the full cost of the investigation into his disappearance and given a jail sentences for waisting the authorities time.

  • seymour.howe - 2011-12-29 06:33

    haven't you guys heard of Stockholm syndrome? In psychology, Stockholm Syndrome is an apparently paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness. In this case, they obviously forced him to go outside and light the fire which he construed as an act of kindness. My Wife does it to me, leaving me to breath in all the carcinogenic fumes whilst she sits there gulping down her Klippies and cokes!

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-02 18:51

      My Wife does it to me, leaving me to breath in all the carcinogenic fumes whilst she sits there gulping down her Klippies and cokes!.....ROTFLMAO!!!!!

  • wuanita.trieloff - 2011-12-29 08:33

    What a waste of our already limited resources!

  • Tevashnee - 2011-12-29 09:16

    and the Darwin goes to..