Mpumalanga police launch manhunt for alleged kidnappers

The Mpumalanga police are on the hunt for two suspects that allegedly kidnapped a 21-year-old woman in Nkomazi on Monday night and demanded a ransom before releasing her.

MPUMALANGA POLICE HUNT KIDNAPPING SUSPECTS

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the two male suspects allegedly kidnapped the victim near a gym at Schoemansdal Plaza.

“According to the information, the young woman was waiting to board a taxi to take her home (in Driekoppies) at around 18h15.

“It is said that a green Toyota Corolla emerged with two male occupants who allegedly at gunpoint, ordered her to get in the car,” explained Mohlala.

The driver of the vehicle allegedly forced the victim to contact her family members in order to demand a R10 000 ransom for her release.

The suspects’ attempts at extracting from the victim and her family failed. They even checked her bank balance via her banking app on her phone. The victim was eventually set free.

“Surprisingly, before the suspects released her, they allowed her to make a call, to notify her family of her whereabouts. The suspects then removed the sim card from her phone and fled,” said Mohlala.

When the victim’s family found they saw that she had minor bruises from being assaulted. Her hands were also tied with cable ties by the suspects during the ordeal.

The matter was reported to the Schoemansdal police and a kidnapping case was opened. A manhunt for the two suspects was immediately launch.

The victim said she remembers that the letters KC were part of the green Corolla’s license plate. She also believes the car may have had Mpumalanga (MP) plates.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any sightings of the suspicious vehicle to the police via Crime Stop at 08600-10111.

“In this province, we are grateful for the unwavering support that we receive from our communities, who constantly provide us with valuable information on the whereabouts of the suspects who obviously live amongst the communities and definitely known. We are confident that even this time around, they will not disappoint us so that we can capture these individuals before they prey on another victim,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Manamela.

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