A group of four alleged kidnappers had been arrested for allegedly kidnapping five Bangladeshi nationals at a house in Sundra, Delmas, on Sunday evening.
According to police spokesperson Lt-Col Robert Netshiunda, members of the South African Police Service’s Gauteng Organised Crime, together with National Crime Intelligence, Johannesburg Flying Squad, JMPD K-9 as well as private security, in response to intelligence on the kidnapping, raided a house on John Voster Street and rescued the victims.
He said the five men, who are Bangladeshi nationals, were allegedly kidnapped and smuggled into the country illegally via Mozambique and locked inside a house for seventeen days. The men are aged between 20 and 37 years.
“Preliminary investigation has revealed that suspects demanded ransom from the families of the victims,” Netshiunda said.
Police also recovered three homemade firearms during the raid on Sunday evening.
The four arrested men, aged between 36 and 59 years old, are expected to appear before the Delmas Magistrate’s Court soon. They face charges of kidnapping, human trafficking, and unlawful possession of firearms.
Netshiunda said investigations would reveal if there is a syndicate at play.
The National Commissioner has welcomed this achievement and praised the teams involved, highlighting that more interventions have been put in place to overcome this sudden scourge of kidnappings.