The National Crime Intelligence Anti-Kidnapping Task Team rescued a Vereeniging businessman five days after he was snatched from his premises on Friday morning, 26 February. The police rescued Zaheer Asmal shortly before midnight on Monday.
POLICE ANTI-KIDNAPPING UNIT RESCUES MAN
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe said the anti-kidnapping task team – made up of members of the Special Task Force (STF), JMPD and private security – swooped on three identified addresses.
At the first address, in Lenasia South, the victim was found unharmed. The owner of the house – a 70-year-old man from Mozambique – was arrested.
At the second house, in Ennerdale, the vehicle used in the kidnapping was found. The bakkie had a fake registration number. Another suspect, a man from Malawi, was arrested.
“When police arrived at the third address in Roodepoort, police were met with gunfire, fortunately, none of the Task Team members sustained any injuries,” said Mathe.
A South African national was apprehended and an unlicensed firearm was confiscated.
Mathe said the trio faces charges related to kidnapping and robbery with aggravated circumstances. The suspect who shot at the police faces additional charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and attempted murder.
“In the past week alone, the Task Team has arrested eight suspects linked to kidnappings where ransom demands were made,” said Mathe.