'Copycat' kidnappings springing up in SA, say experts amid snatching of prominent people

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Outside Good Hope Construction on Wednesday where the kidnapping took place.
Outside Good Hope Construction on Wednesday where the kidnapping took place.
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There has been an increase in kidnappings in South Africa, as the country witnesses increasing incidents of criminals copying the work of transnational organised crime groups, experts say.

This increase in crime could see local business owners, especially those operating cash-based businesses, more at risk of being kidnapped, local experts have warned.

While kidnapping cases might appear to be more prevalent, the crime statistics around them were often misleading, said Jenni Irish-Qhobosheane, a senior analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.

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