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Kidnapped Lenasia businessman rescued, alleged mastermind behind Gauteng kidnappings caught – SABC News

A businessman from Lenasia was safely reunited with his family three days after he was kidnapped.

Luqman Kazi, a 34-year-old businessman, was kidnapped Tuesday on his way to work.

After the kidnapping, a multidisciplinary team was assembled to rescue the victim and apprehend the kidnappers.

During a midnight operation Thursday, the team simultaneously pounced on four identified addresses. At the first address in Lawley, police found and rescued the victim, seized an unlicensed 9mm firearm and arrested three suspects.

At the other addresses in Lenasia, the team arrested three other suspects, including a 43-year-old man believed to be the mastermind behind a series of kidnapping cases in Gauteng.

Millions in cash confiscated

Police also found and seized R6 million in cash believed to have paid ransom for other kidnapping cases, an unlicensed AK47 rifle, ammunition, a hijacked motor vehicle, a VW Polo used in the businessman’s kidnapping was, military signal jammers and various license plates.
All six are charged with kidnapping, extortion, money laundering, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, and possession of a hijacked motor vehicle.

South African Police Service (SAPS) National Commissioner Khehla Sitole has commended the team’s persistent efforts.
“This achievement would not have been possible without the dedication and persistent efforts of members of the Crime Intelligence National Kidnapping Task Team, Special Task Force, Organized Crime, Gauteng Flying Squad and Gauteng Provincial Saturation Unit, EMPD, Visible Policing and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. We also appreciate the support of private security companies who continue to be our eyes and ears.”

In another unrelated kidnapping case, an intelligence operation led to the rescue of four men in Betrams.
The four were abducted in Musina, Limpopo last Thursday.

Two men have since been arrested.



Kidnapped Lenasia businessman rescued, alleged mastermind behind Gauteng kidnappings caught – SABC News

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