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The UDM has confirmed that a ransom of R10 000 was paid for the safe return of its deputy president who was kidnapped in Cape Town on Tuesday.

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United Democratic Movement (UDM) has confirmed that its deputy president and a sworn in Member of the South African Parliament, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, parliament survived a kidnapping ordeal in Cape Town on Tuesday.

In an official statement by the party’s president Bantu Holomisa, the UDM confirmed Kwankwa was kidnapped on his way to Cape Town Airport en route to the Presidential inauguration.


The perpetrators demanded a ransom of R10,000 for his safe return, which the party immediately paid.

Kwankwa was safely released, albeit shaken and traumatised, but all his belongings, including his vehicle, were stolen. The car was later found abandoned.

Kwankwa is in contact with the police and his family has been informed of what has occurred.

“The UDM is saddened by this horrific event, but is very grateful for his safe return. We wish Tshawe well on his road to recovery from this dastardly incident,” Holomisa said in his statement.

Holomisa also took to social media to express his gratitude and relieve that Kwankwa was found safe and sound.

“We are relieved that UDM Deputy President Nqabayomzi Kwankwa is safe after being kidnapped and robbed today. We wish him well in recovering from this ordeal,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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