Rustenburg – Four men were arrested in connection with the kidnapping of an 80-year-old man in Mahikeng, North West police said on Thursday.

Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the men were arrested in Taung and Mahikeng on Wednesday, after they allegedly kidnapped the elderly man when he arrived at his home in Golfview, Mahikeng on Tuesday evening.

"It is alleged that the victim was arriving at home when an unknown vehicle stopped in front of his. The vehicle’s occupants allegedly pulled him out of his vehicle and put him inside their car and drove away with him. The matter was eventually reported to the police who initiated investigation. It was during the investigation that the suspects called and allegedly demanded ransom," he said.

He said the police arrested three of them in Taung while the fourth one was arrested in Mahikeng.

"The victim was also found alive and unhurt at a house in Taung after the arrest of the three suspects. The latter were found in possession of a firearm while the second firearm with a filed off serial number was found in possession of the suspect that was arrested in Tlhabologo village, Mahikeng."

He said it was also established during the investigation that the suspects withdrew R9,000 from the victim’s bank account.

They were expected to appear in the Molopo Magistrates' court in Mmabatho on Friday, facing charges of kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms and robbery.