A 23-year-old man has been denied bail after being accused of kidnapping a woman in Pretoria last month.
Thabang Mokoena was charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, possession of a dangerous weapon, and extortion in the Atteridgeville Magistrate’s Court. Mokoena and an accomplice are accused of kidnapping Tumisang Mokgatle after she dropped her child off at a creche in Pretoria West.
“The two men claimed to be police officers from the SAPS Tracing Unit. They told her a vehicle similar to hers had been used in robberies in the area,” said Gauteng NPA spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana.
The men allegedly told her they were going to the Hartbeespoort police station to verify her VW Polo Vivo. Mokgatle’s hands were allegedly cuffed and she was thrown into the vehicle’s boot. At the Hartbeespoort Dam, her vehicle was discovered abandoned.
They allegedly called Mokgatle’s brother, a Pretoria-based attorney, and demanded R500 000 in ransom money, according to Mahanjana. “Police received a tip-off that Mokgatle was being kept at a house in Kgabalatsane. Mokoena was found at the property, with a toy gun,” Mahanjana said.
She claimed that the state argued during the bail hearing that the court should deny Mokoena release due to the seriousness of his crime and the fact that other suspects had yet to be apprehended in connection with the case.
“The accused also did not testify in support of his bail application therefore the court said Mokoena failed to prove that exceptional circumstances exist which in the interest of justice permit his release on bail. Therefore, his bail was denied,” Mahanjana said.
The matter was postponed to 13 October 2021.