Police reservist in court for businessman's kidnapping

2016-12-20 18:41
Wynberg Magistrate's Court (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Wynberg Magistrate's Court (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town – A police reservist appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on suspicion of being part of a group that kidnapped a Pakistani businessman earlier this month. 

Melumzi Kekana, 35, appeared with four co-accused.

They allegedly kidnapped businessman Goolam Mustafa, 38, at his eatery in Lotus River on December 4 and demanded a R10m ransom from his family.

Police apprehended the men and found Mustafa in Khayelitsha on December 6. 

All five accused pleaded not guilty, according to defence attorney Luvuyo Melane.

They have no previous convictions. 

During their brief court appearance on Tuesday, Magistrate Mymoena Ismail postponed the matter to January 13 for them to apply for bail. 

At their previous court appearance Mitchells Plain cluster community police forum chairperson Hanif Loonat told News24 that the kidnapping of business owners who are foreigners was more common than authorities believed.

"Most of the time, they just pay the demanded ransom and refuse to open cases because they don't trust the police," he said.

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