Police rescue Gauteng woman kidnapped and held hostage by bogus cops

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A 30-year-old woman who was kidnapped outside her home in Atteridgeville has been found safe and unharmed. (iStock)
A 30-year-old woman who was kidnapped outside her home in Atteridgeville has been found safe and unharmed. (iStock)
  • A 30-year-old woman, kidnapped outside her home in Atteridgeville, was found unharmed. 
  • She was kidnapped by three men who identified themselves as police officers. 
  • One man was arrested, while two others are still on the run.

A 30-year-old woman, who was kidnapped outside her home in Atteridgeville on Tuesday, was found safe and unharmed early on Wednesday morning.

According to national police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe, the woman was kidnapped by at least three men impersonating police officials.

"During the kidnapping ordeal, her kidnappers made contact with the victim's brother, demanding a ransom," Mathe said.

A statement from the Gauteng government identified the victim as Tumishang Mokgatle.

The provincial government said the men had been driving a vehicle, which had an unknown registration number plate, outside her home in Atteridgeville.

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"The suspects identified themselves as police officers from the tracing unit," the statement read.

Mathe said a multi-disciplinary team followed up on several leads and located the woman just after midnight on Wednesday.

She was being guarded by one of her kidnappers in a shack in Klipgat.

Her car was found on Tuesday afternoon by a vehicle tracking company. 

"The victim was immediately rescued and taken for counselling and debriefing by the SAPS hostage negotiators. 

Police arrested a 27-year-old man and were still looking for his alleged accomplices.

National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole commended the team for reuniting the victim with her family, safe and unharmed.

The public have the right to ask any person, alleging to be a police officer, to identify themselves by means of producing a SAPS appointment certificate, bearing a photo, rank and date of appointment of the member in question. 

Gauteng Premier David Makhura commended the police for their swift action in finding Mokgatle.

He did, however, raise concerns about a spate of kidnappings in the province of late. 

Makhura said:

"We are concerned that there has been an increase in kidnappings for ransom in the province. Perpetrators of these acts must know that they will be brought to book. We will not rest until Gauteng is a crime-free province. Criminals have no place to hide."

In the last week, two other kidnappings for ransom were reported in the province, he added. 

"A case of kidnapping, extortion and attempted murder was opened in Bramley, where a Somalian man was kidnapped, and kidnappers demanded a ransom of R10 million.

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"In Olivenhoutbosch, a case of kidnapping and extortion was opened after a man was kidnapped and a demand of R500 000 00 was made to his family."

Makhura said the province would continue to prioritise cases of human trafficking, kidnapping and crimes committed against women, children and other vulnerable groups. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated with police comment.

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