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undisclosed amount of money [ransom] waiting to be collected. PIC Saps

Intelligence-led joint operation thwarted syndicate

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Alleged suspect biting the dust. PIC Saps

A suspect was arrested and his accomplice escaped following an incident in which police obstructed kidnapping scene in which the pair demanded ransom.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said a joint sting operation was instituted following information they received about affirmed kidnapping occurrence, requesting Thohoyandou businessman to drop a ransom at a particular point in Polokwane to rescue his family member.

“Police observed the drop-off point until around 01:00 on Thursday morning when the transaction began. Police moved toward the suspects and requested them to surrender, however they dashed off and a vehicle pursuit followed,” said Ngoepe.

Ngoepe said the suspects began shooting at the Police.

“Police retaliated by shooting at the suspect driving along the R81/Polokwane and Moeketsi Street. The driver of the vehicle lost control. One suspect figured out how to get away, the second suspect was arrested.

The kidnapped casualty was effectively saved unharmed,” said Ngoepe.
He said the arrested suspect will show up under the steady gaze of the Thohoyandou Magistrate Court soon on charges of outfitted theft, kidnapping, imitating a Traffic Police Officer and coercion.

The second suspect who is now identified is still being traced.
Police investigations are continuing.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has complimented the committed Team of individuals on how they responded to this occurrence so proficient.

“Culprits out there who are as yet attempting their grimy traps in any capacity to threaten our community will be managed pitilessly and without a trade-off, said Ledwaba.

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