Three suspects to appear in court for kidnapping and extortion of an e-hailing driver

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  • Three people have been arrested for kidnapping and extortion of an e-hailing driver in Bellville.
  • The suspects were arrested in Bellville, Western Cape.
  • They are expected in court on Monday.

Three people have been arrested for kidnapping and extortion of an e-hailing driver in Bellville.

The suspects were arrested on Friday after allegedly committing the crime a day earlier.

The suspects are linked to a local taxi association.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said the suspects aged 26, 28, and 40 posed as clients of the e-hailing driver.

They allegedly lured the driver to a specific location in Bellville.

“On arrival, they ordered the driver to drive to the taxi rank where a substantial amount of money was demanded for his release. Bellville police were alerted, and their investigations led to the arrest of the suspects and the impoundment of a Toyota Avanza.

“The vehicle is believed to have been utilised in a similar incident involving another e-hailing vehicle also in Bellville a week ago,” Potelwa said.

The suspects will appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Monday, facing charges of kidnapping and extortion.

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