Three men have been arrested after the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals. Image: Pixabay

Chinese national KILLED after kidnapping – three arrested

Three men have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals, one was found dead, another in critical condition


Three men have been arrested after the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals. Image: Pixabay

Three suspects were arrested after the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals on Thursday, 22 December 2022 in Mowbray.

One man found dead after kidnapping

Three suspects, aged 30, 32, and 37 were arrested in connection with a kidnapping and extortion case in Khayelitsha.

This comes after the discovery of the body of a 48-year-old Chinese national on Monday, 26 December 2022.

Members of the Provincial Kidnapping Task Team, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Provincial Organized Crime Investigation, Crime Intelligence, and the Hostage Negotiation Team conducted a joint intelligence-driven takedown operation.

The deceased’s 52-year-old brother was discovered in critical condition on the Swartklip Road in Khayelitsha.

He was found at approximately 22:01 on Wednesday, 28 December.

He was taken to the Khayelitsha District Hospital for medical examination at the Thuthuzela Care Centre before being transported to the Khayelitsha District Hospital.

According to preliminary investigations, the brothers were abducted in the Mowbray area on Thursday, 22 December 2022 at approximately 22:45 by the suspects.

Later, these suspects contacted relatives and demanded money in exchange for their safe return and reunification with their families.

They were told not to speak to authorities because doing so would put their loved ones in danger.

However, police immediately activated a multi-disciplinary team to investigate the brothers’ disappearance.

Their resilience paid off when they apprehended the trio and took them in for questioning.

The suspects are scheduled to appear in Khayelitsha Magistrates’ Court on murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, and extortion charges.

Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, praised the integrated forces’ efforts in conducting an excellent investigation and apprehending the perpetrators.

Kidnapping and extortion are top priorities in the Western Cape, and the perpetrators of these crimes will face justice, he said.

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