Kidnapped woman rescued, two suspects arrested

The kidnapped woman was being held in Mew Way. File picture: Pixabay

The kidnapped woman was being held in Mew Way. File picture: Pixabay

Published Feb 23, 2024


Law enforcement agencies in the Western Cape are being lauded after rescuing a hostage and arrested two suspects.

The suspects, a 29-year-old man and 22-year-old woman, are being detained.

The Western Cape police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Pojie said the arrest and rescue are thanks to a collaboration between various specialised units within the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Pojie said the multi-disciplinary team followed up on leads after a house robbery on January 26, and a kidnapping on February 5, in Strand.

Firearms and ammunition were also seized during this operation.

“On Thursday, February 22, a multi-disciplinary Anti-Kidnapping Investigation task team, supported by the POCC Combat Unit, Strand detectives, provincial hostage negotiations, Crime Intelligence, and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (known as Hawks) embarked on a take-down operation as a result of further investigation into a kidnapping perpetrated on February 5, 2024, which is directly linked to the house robbery in Strand on January 26, 2024.

“The investigation led the team to a premises situated in Site B off Mew Way in Khayelitsha on Thursday, where they searched and found two firearms and 200 rounds of different calibres of ammunition. Subsequent to the discovery, members arrested a 29-year-old suspect and seized the firearms, ammunition, and two tortoises which were kept in custody without a permit. The members also found small amounts of drugs which were seized,” Pojie said.

“The members proceeded to another house in close proximity where they found the kidnapped 25-year-old woman. She was rescued, and in the process, the members arrested a 22-year-old female suspect.

“The suspects face charges related to the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, the possession of presumed stolen property, illegal possession of drugs, and keeping of a wild animal in captivity without a permit,” Pojie said.

The suspects are expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court once charged.

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