Five suspects were arrested by the Cape Town police on Saturday, 10 September, for alleged conspiracy to commit kidnapping, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of ammunition and fraud.
KIDNAPPING FOILED IN CAPE TOWN OVER THE WEEKEND
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said an Ottery businesswoman – who happens to be a Chinese national – called the Lansdowne police on Saturday afternoon and reported a vehicle that had been on her tail since she left her business premises.
“Police promptly responded and subsequently stopped the vehicle with the five suspects. In their vehicle they discovered a prohibited firearm whose serial number had been filed off and rounds of ammunition,” said Potelwa.
The police also found number plates that did not match the license disk on the vehicle during the search.
The five suspects – aged between 20 and 30 – are expected to appear in court on Tuesday, 13 September on the aforementioned charges.
Organised Crime Detectives are investigating the incident and other similar cases – they are trying to determine if the arrested suspects are linked to other crimes, said Potelwa.
Members of the public are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the police via the Crime Stop hotline at 08600-10111. For extortion-related complaints in the Western Cape, the provincial toll-free number at 0800-313-4444 is the best to use.
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