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Seven arrested in connection with Pretoria businessman’s kidnapping



A businessman who was snatched from his business in Hercules in Pretoria over the weekend was rescued on Tuesday by the police

Mannan Abdul (35) was rescued from the hands of seven alleged kidnappers. 

KIDNAPPING INVESTIGATION TEAM SUCCESSFUL IN RESCUE

A multidisciplinary team which has been established to investigate kidnapping cases in which ransom has been demanded has achieved yet another success.

This comes after they arrested seven alleged kidnappers and rescued a businessman who was allegedly snatched from his business premises in Hercules, Pretoria on Saturday, 04 June 2022, according to police Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda.

He said the investigating team operationalised intelligence information on Tuesday and arrested one suspect on the N12 route towards Potchefstroom. 

“The suspect was found in possession of bank cards and a driver’s licence which belonged to another victim who was reported kidnapped in Gugulethu, Western Cape in 2021,”

said Netshiunda.

Further investigations led the police to Crystal Park in Ekurhuleni where the victim was rescued and three suspects who were found safeguarding the victim were subsequently arrested. 

Netshiunda said one firearm and a toy gun were found on the premises.

SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR THE BUSINESSMAN’S KIDNAPPING

Furthermore, Netshiunda said follow-up investigations pointed the police to Tembisa where three more suspects were arrested. 

He added that two suspects were arrested at the Tswelopele Section whereas another one was nabbed at Zone 8, Winnie Mandela Section. 

“The suspects allegedly contacted the victim’s family and demanded a ransom. The team comprising of members from the Head Office Crime Intelligence, Potchefstroom Highway Patrol, Gauteng and North West Provincial Operational Coordination, Tshwane Hostage Negotiating Team and private security worked around the clock to ensure that the victim was rescued unharmed,”

said Netshiunda.

The seven suspects will appear before the Pretoria Central Magistrate’s Court on Friday to face charges of kidnapping and extortion. 

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