Footage of a store owner in Mitchells Plain being kidnapped has gone viral over the weekend.
37-year-old Akter Pradhan was reportedly kidnapped by three unknown men. Pradhan’s vehicle was allegedly forced off the road before he was forced into the back of a car by the assailants.
The businessman is reportedly the eighth Bangladeshi national to be abducted in the area since the start of the year and the Bangladeshi community in Cape Town says they are living in fear.
Mitchells Plain Police are currently searching for Pradhan and locating suspects involved, as per IOL.
Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi said: “Mitchells Plain police are investigating a case of kidnapping and extortion. This is after the kidnapping of a Bangladeshi national who was driving on Wespoort Drive on Friday at around 6.50pm.”
While it has not been confirmed, the kidnappers have allegedly demanded R20 million for the release of Pradhan.
As kidnapping incidents continue to escalate, Bangladeshi business owners are reportedly closing their doors and moving away from South Africa.
According to the South African, the Bangladeshi community is reportedly attempting to raise the money to release the businessman.