48-hours after being kidnapped, a 25-year-old from Bangladesh has been rescued. The victims homecoming was anything but smooth, with his family having to pay R100 000 for his release — which proved to be fickle after the kidnappers demanded more money after the payment was made.
The victims brother allegedly received a ransom call shortly after the kidnapping which took place on Wednesday. The initial demand was R300 000, but the brother could only offer R50 000. They negotiated and settled on R100 000.
Fortunately, the police rescued the foreign shopkeeper before an additional sum was paid. He was kidnapped outside his store in Kalksteenfontein near Bishop Lavis. A joint police rescue mission (and ransom payment) resulted in the man being safely reunited with his family today, Sunday.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg told IOL that four perpetrators were arrested and were expected to appear at Bishop Lavis Magistrate court on charges of kidnapping and extortion tomorrow, Monday.
According to the Weekend Argus, kidnappings of foreign-nationals is becoming a trend in the Western Cape, with most cases last year being attributed to foreign businessmen and women at random.
Footage of the kidnapping was shared on Twitter:
Watch: Brazen #kidnappers snatch a Bangladeshi shopkeeper from outside his Cape Town store. Police rescued the man on Friday after his brother paid the random. Full story in Weekend Argus Sunday pic.twitter.com/KOZxmpwnvK
— Weekend Argus (@WeekendArgus) January 9, 2022
Picture: Screenshot / Twitter