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Rustenburg - Two men have been arrested for hijacking and kidnapping in Kuruman, North West police said on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Adéle Myburgh said the pair, aged 35 and 38, were arrested in an joint effort by the police in the North West and Northern Cape on Monday, after they allegedly hijacked and kidnapped a 38-year-old man on Sunday.

"It is alleged that the victim, a 38-year-old man, was driving in his vehicle from Kuruman to Kathu when he stopped close to Kuruman to offer a lift to hitch-hikers. After driving a short distance, the hitchhikers allegedly pointed the driver with a firearm, tied him up and placed him inside the boot," she said.

They allegedly robbed him of his personal items, including a cellphone, before they released him during the night in Taung.
 
"The victim was forced to walk in the veld, not knowing the place, trying to get assistance. The suspects allegedly met and picked the victim up early in the morning of Monday [13 November], and later handed him his vehicle back, before fleeing the scene. The victim drove to a filling station in Taung, where the police was contacted for assistance."

The first man, aged 35, was arrested in Taung on Monday and he appeared in the Kuruman Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The second man, 38, was arrested on Wednesday and is due to appear in the  Hartswater Magistrate's Court on Thursday. He was linked  to a case of armed robbery in Jan Kempdorp and another armed robbery case in Taung. The police seized a CZ pistol during the arrest.

African News Agency