In a recent incident, a Nigerian businessman operating in Fordsburg, Johannesburg, was kidnapped by a group of individuals.
However, the South African police acted swiftly and managed to track and rescue the victim within 24 hours of the incident. The 48-year-old businessman was found safe in Ferndale, Randburg, on Thursday night.
Police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe provided further details, stating that seven Nigerians had been arrested in connection with the kidnapping.
As part of the investigation, six vehicles used by the suspects have been seized and impounded. The authorities have also recovered the money that was allegedly withdrawn from the businessman’s bank account.
In a separate incident, in Mpumalanga, another businessman was kidnapped on Wednesday. Provincial police named the Emalahleni (formerly Witbank) businessman as Mahesh Sing.
Col Donald Mdhluli said Sing was kidnapped in Corridor Hill business sector on Wednesday morning. He had reportedly received a call on Tuesday about an electrical fault at his business.
“According to information from a family member, a call that Sing received was from an unknown person who identified himself as a technician from Emalahleni municipality who was assigned to check an electrical fault at his business,” said Mdhluli.
“The victim is said to have taken heed to the so-called appointment with the municipality worker and went to the business site on Wednesday morning.
“According to our information, a group of about three suspects reportedly arrived in a grey Ford Kuga about 8.20 am. The registration number seems to have been cloned.
“Two men who were armed reportedly alighted from the vehicle with their faces covered and forced Sing into the vehicle then drove towards Kriel, leaving behind Sing’s vehicle.”
Mdhluli said the suspects threw Sing’s cellphone out of the car and it has since been recovered by the police. The search for Sing continues.
[HAPPENING NOW] 7 Nigerians have been arrested for the kidnapping of a Nigerian Businessman.The man was kidnapped in Fordsburg on Wednes, 10 Jan.He has been rescued by the SAPS anti-kidnapping task team at a Lodge in Ferndale. Money withdrawn from victims bank accounts recovered pic.twitter.com/cmIEb50Jhh
— Athlenda Mathe (@AthlendaM) January 11, 2024