Rescued Durban businesswoman was kept in chains, kidnappers demanded R140m ransom - Hawks

Sandra Moonsamy. (Supplied)
Sandra Moonsamy. (Supplied)

The Hawks have released information that four people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Durban businesswoman Sandra Moonsamy, whose abductors allegedly demanded R140m for her release.

Moonsamy was kidnapped in May on the M13 on Stapleton Road in Pinetown, while driving her black Range Rover. 

The Hawks confirmed that Moonsamy had been found alive in Witbank on Thursday evening, not Pretoria as previously reported.

A few days after she was kidnapped, "her family received calls for ransom set at R140m", according to Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

It is at this point that the matter was reported to the Hawks for investigation.

Mulaudzi also revealed that Moonsamy had been "found bound in chains in Emalahleni and was subsequently rescued by an integrated team of the Hawks, assisted by Crime Intelligence, Gauteng Provincial Organised Crime members and Ekurhuleni metro police".

The Hawks also seized three luxury vehicles worth R3m and a firearm.

Four suspects – aged between 30 and 34 - have been arrested and are expected to appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of kidnapping.

Mulaudzi said other charges may be added at a later stage.

At the time of her kidnapping, authorities said that shots were fired at the driver's window. Her assailants damaged the window with the butt of a firearm, forcing her out of the vehicle.

Her handbag and phone were left at the scene.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Is social media doing more harm than good?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, our children are exposed and we can't protect them
49% - 4515 votes
Yes, but social media is part of the new reality
46% - 4161 votes
No, it's great for growing a child's world view
5% - 464 votes
Vote
USD/ZAR
14.06
-0.0%
GBP/ZAR
19.76
+0.3%
EUR/ZAR
17.09
-0.1%
AUD/ZAR
11.05
-0.0%
JPY/ZAR
0.13
-0.2%
Gold
1,838.24
+0.4%
Silver
27.76
+1.1%
Palladium
2,941.53
+0.4%
Platinum
1,263.89
+0.6%
Brent Crude
68.28
+0.3%
Top 40
62,573
0.0%
All Share
68,520
0.0%
Resource 10
71,474
0.0%
Industrial 25
86,856
0.0%
Financial 15
12,711
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo