Two Kidnapped Men Rescued In Gauteng, Kidnapper Arrested

“The pair had just entered Johannesburg from Mozambique in a three-vehicle motorcade when they were pulled over by their captors who were driving a blue BMW sedan fitted with blue lights and sirens. The pair were taken from their motorcade and held captive,” Mathe said.

Two Kidnapped Men Rescued In Gauteng, Kidnapper Arrested-SurgeZirc SA
Jahyr Abdula

The two men who were kidnapped on October 15 in Johannesburg were rescued and reunited with their families.

Colonel Athlenda Mathe, a police spokesperson, stated that Jahyr Abdula the son of businessman Salimo Abdula and a friend were kidnapped on October 15, 2021.

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“The pair had just entered Johannesburg from Mozambique in a three-vehicle motorcade when they were pulled over by their captors who were driving a blue BMW sedan fitted with blue lights and sirens. The pair were taken from their motorcade and held captive,” Mathe said.

Mathe said the friend was rescued by various officials from law enforcement agencies and private security companies on the same day. “During this operation, one suspect was apprehended and is still in police custody,” she said.

The search for Abdula, according to Mathe, continued but ended on Friday, November 26, 2021. “A multidisciplinary team consisting of members of the SAPS Crime Intelligence, the DPCI, Special Task Force (STF), SAPS Airwing, SAPS JHB flying squad, and security companies successfully pounced on an identified address and rescued the traumatized and malnutrition victim,” she said.

Mathe stated that a manhunt for the remaining kidnappers is still ongoing. The National Commissioner recently sanctioned a new intervention to address kidnappings and praised the team’s perseverance in rescuing the kidnapped victim who had been held captive for 37 days through this intervention.

“We applaud all involved for the safe return of Abdula and his friend. We are intensifying efforts to arrest the remaining suspects. We will leave no stone unturned up until we have all suspects in police custody,” said General Sitole.

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The parents of Jahyr Abdula, Salimo Abdula, and Maria Abdula thanked everyone who helped save their son.

“We thank almighty Allah for accepting our prayers. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the South African Police Service, all private security companies that were involved, the Mozambiquan government. Our family is thankful that justice is taking its course. We are looking forward to healing and will appreciate some privacy,” said Salimo and Maria Abdula.

Members of the public are encouraged to call the Crime Stop Hotline at 0860010111 or download the MySAPS App to share any information that could lead to the arrest of the remaining captors.

“All information will be kept strictly confidential, and informers may remain anonymous,” Mathe said.

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