- Police rescued a kidnapped man after a shootout in Boksburg North, Ekurhuleni.
- Highway patrol received a tip-off that a man had allegedly been kidnapped in Tshwane.
- One kidnapper shot himself in the head after being cornered by police.
Police rescued a kidnapped man after a shootout with an armed group in Boksburg North, Ekurhuleni. The incident happened on Thursday, 15 July.
A statement issued by police said a highway patrol received a tip-off that a man had been kidnapped at the Engen garage on Rigel Avenue, Tshwane, by five occupants in a grey Vauxhall car.
"Police spotted the car in Boksburg and, before they could stop it, the suspects started shooting at the police, who then retaliated and hit the suspects' left rear wheel before it came to a halt," police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said.
The group managed to exit the vehicle and flee, and the police gave chase.
"However, during the police chase, one suspect was caught. The other suspect was cornered at Tredoux Street in Beyers Park. He allegedly shot himself in the head and succumbed to his injuries," Masondo added.
Masondo later said the person arrested at the scene was released as he couldn't be linked to the crime.
Police are still searching for the members of the group who managed to escape.
"The kidnapped man was rescued, and one unlicensed firearm was recovered," Masondo said.
A case of kidnapping and attempted murder was opened.