By Kaya 959 Reporter
South African police have rescued a man who was kidnapped by “fake cops” on 15 October 2021. Officers have also arrested the alleged kidnapper.
Police say Jahyr Abdula and his friend were kidnapped after they were pulled over by bogus police officers.
National SAPS spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe says the pair had just entered Johannesburg from Mozambique in a three-vehicle motorcade.
The captors pulled the men over while driving a blue BMW sedan fitted with blue lights and sirens.
“The pair were taken from their motorcade and held captive,” she says.
Police rescued Abdula’s friend hours after the kidnap. “During this operation, one suspect was apprehended and is still in police custody,” Mathe adds.
The search continued for Abdula. His kidnapping nightmare came to an end on Friday, November 26.
Mathe says a multidisciplinary task team tracked Abdula to a property in Heidelberg.
“The team successfully pounced on an identified address and rescued the traumatised and malnutritioned victim. A manhunt is still underway to arrest the remaining kidnappers,” Mathe says.
SAPS to tackle kindappings
Abdula’s parents, Salimo and Maria Abdula, have thanked all those involved in their son’s rescue.
“We thank Almighty Allah for accepting our prayers. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the South African Police Service, all private security companies that were involved and the Mozambican government. Our family is thankful that justice is taking its course. We are looking forward to healing and will appreciate some privacy”, the couple said.
National SAPS Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole has recently sanctioned a new intervention to address kidnappings.
He has hailed the team’s persistent efforts to rescue the kidnapped victim who had been in captivity for 37 days.
Police have urged members of the public to contact the Crime Stop Hotline number on 0860010111 with any tips.
They can also download the MySAPS App to share any information that may lead to the arrest of the remaining captors.