Monday, March 13, 2023

Alleged kidnappers arrested among 401 other offender

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement departments made 401 arrests this past week, among them three men suspected of kidnapping a woman.

Law Enforcement officers on patrol in Rondebosch on Friday, 10 March 2023, pulled over a vehicle after multiple reports of the driver committing a traffic offences.

The officers picked up on tension between the occupants and when they interviewed the female occupant, she told them she had been kidnapped earlier in Muizenberg and had been forced to accompany them as they attempted to withdraw funds from her bank account. The suspects were arrested for kidnapping and theft.

The city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith said the victim was very grateful to the officers for intervening.

“The City again extends its offer of assistance to the South African Police Service in tackling the scourge of kidnapping and extortion. Rather than constantly trying to challenge our legal rights and delaying the cooperation, we request the National Minister and National Commissioner to honor their commitment and immediately establish an effective Kidnapping and Extortion Unit in Cape Town, before any further loss of life occurs,” said Alderman JP Smith.

Numerous other suspects were arrested in different occasions for offences including drugs, illegal weapons and violent assaults among others.


Done by: Esona Mfazwe

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