The Western Cape police rescued a kidnapped victim and arrested four people on Saturday, 11 February 2023, from a house in Robololo Street, Knysna.
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As reported by Times Live – “Police spokesperson Capt Frederick van Wyk said police received a report of a kidnapping on Thursday, 9 February 2023
After receiving reports and identifying the suspects, a joint operational team consisting of the Knysna Crime Prevention Unit and members of the Flying Squad rescued the victim from the premises where they also discovered drugs and cash.
The police rescued the Malawian victim who was being held for ransom.
Van Wyk said, “All intelligence was co-ordinated and an operational team comprising the Knysna crime prevention unit and flying squad members were deployed to a house in Robololo. The Malawian victim was found and brought to safety.
“During the search, 70g of tik and 156 Mandrax tablets worth R33,860 were seized.
“After interviewing the victim and one of the suspects at the police station, a follow-up operation was conducted at the premises of one suspect, a foreign national of Nigerian descent, [which] led to the further discovery of 7,500 Mandrax tablets and 1.5kg tik worth R502,500.”
Van Wyk adds, “Cash of R20,000, believed to be the proceeds of crime, was also found and confiscated.”
Four people, including a woman, were arrested and will appear in court on charges of kidnapping, extortion and drug dealing.
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