Gauteng syndicate kidnappers arrested

Police in Gauteng arrested six men believed to be part of a syndicate that has been terrorising business owners in Gauteng on Thursday, January 19.

The team consisting of various units led by Crime Intelligence Officers, and Organised Crime members have been conducting surveillance on the syndicate and have already linked them to more than 16 cases of kidnappings where ransom demands were being made in the Gauteng province.

In a takedown operation, the multidisciplinary team led by the Special Task Force (STF) and hostage negotiators conducted operations at various identified addresses in Gauteng including Jeppe, Helderwyk, Brackenhurst and Daveyton.

“A businessman, who was kidnapped on 07 January 2023, was successfully rescued from one of the premises and reunited with his family,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe.

During the raid, police also confiscated five high performance powered vehicle’s including two BMW’s, two Mercedes Benz sedans and one Toyota Urban Cruiser. Twenty cellphone’s and thirty portable GPS tracking devices are also among the items seized by the team.

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola has commended the team for their successful operation and emphasized that police will continue to infiltrate and apprehend those behind the spate of kidnappings in the country.

“Our message is clear: the SAPS is coming for all criminals, either they make our lives easy by handing themselves in, or we fetch them ourselves,” said the Commissioner.

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