Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Man arrested for kidnapping insurance workers

Five employees were rescued on Monday after being held hostage at Twin City Mall in Bloemfontein.

An insurance manager and his stuff were held hostage for almost 2 hours by a 39-year-old man demanding the immediate payout of his pension.

According police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele the Heidedal police received a distress call from the mall just before 4pm.

“A SAPS hostage negotiator, K9 and Public Order Policing Unit members were called to the scene as well as emergency medical services. The hostage negotiator attempted to defuse the situation but with no success, until the Tactical Response Team was summoned to safely ensure the safety of the victims,” said Makhele.

“At about 17:20, the team arrived and managed to take control of the situation by safely securing the suspect’s 4-year-old son and the five employees of the insurance company free of any injuries.”

By Everngelista Muza


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