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A thirty-year-old Gauteng mother who was kidnapped has been safely reunited with her family after police swooped on her captors and rescued her this week.
Police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe said a multidisciplinary team consisting of members in the South African Police Service (SAPS) swooped in on her kidnappers in a shack in Kgabaletsane in the Klipgat policing precinct in the North West province on Tuesday.
“A multidisciplinary team consisting of members from the National Crime Intelligence Unit, National Organised Crime Unit, local and district detectives from Tshwane, as well as members of the Tactical Response Teams (TRT), members of the Hartebeespoort Dam police station and National hostage negotiators worked around the clock to find the mother that had been kidnapped from her home in Atteridgeville, Gauteng,” Mathe said.
“During the kidnapping ordeal, her kidnappers made contact with the victim’s brother, demanding a ransom,” Mathe said.
Mathe said that immediately after the report was made, police and the multidisciplinary team, assembled and mobilised the 72-hour activation plan.
“In the meantime, the victim’s car was found yesterday afternoon by a vehicle tracking company. The multidisciplinary team intensified its efforts and followed up on several leads and just after midnight the victim was found under guard by one of her kidnappers in a shack in Klipgat,” Mathe said.
The victim was immediately rescued and taken for counselling and debriefing by the SAPS hostage negotiators.
Mathe said the police had arrested a 27-year-old man were still on a manhunt for his accomplices.
SAPS National Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole commended the multidisciplinary team for reuniting the kidnapped woman with her family, safe and unharmed.
“The 72-hour activation plan has yielded positive results, within hours after the crime was committed, our teams have managed to secure the life of this young woman and ensured that she is back home safe and unharmed with her family. Our work is not done, we are hot on the heels of the accomplices,” Sitole said.
Mathe added that members of the public had a right to request any person alleging to be a police officer to identify themselves by means of producing an SAPS appointment certificate bearing a photo, rank and date of appointment of the member in question.