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Public urged not to pay ransom monies after man kidnapped and severely assaulted

MARCH 17, 2017
Public urged not to pay ransom monies after man kidnapped and severely assaulted

Police in Port Elizabeth have urged the public not to give in to ransom demands, but to instead contact the police immediately. This is after a local tavern owner was kidnapped on Wednesday night and was later found severely assaulted.

"On Wednesday, at about 20:30, an abduction took place at Koyana Street, Kwazakele," described police spokesperson, Capt Andre Beetge.

"A 48-year-old male, who is a tavern owner in Motherwell and living in Zwide, was having a braai at a house in Koyana Street, when four males forced him into a red minibus and sped off.

"By 21:00 a ransom amount was demanded from his wife by the suspects."

He said that the wife paid the money at around 09:00 on Thursday morning as instructed, but her husband's abductors demanded more money.

"She then went to the Kwazakele Police Station at 14:30 to report what had happened," said Capt Beetge.

"By 16:15 the 48-year-old victim was found on the Perseverance Road, Perseverance, in Port Elizabeth, severely assaulted.

"He was taken to Uitenhage Provincial Hospital where he was admitted for medical treatment."

"The SAPS wish to urge victims of similar abductions not to give in to ransom demands, but to contact the police immediately.

"Members of the public with any information on the suspects can contact Detective Warrant Officer Mzwandile Javu at 041 408 7812."