A learner (20) was on Saturday, 11 March 2023 arrested together with his friend (24) for allegedly faking a kidnapping and demanding R 7 000 ransom from his family.

On Friday 10 March 2023 at about 07:00, the 20-year-old learner left his home in Lusaka, Dennilton in Limpopo to go to school. Three kilometers from his home.

Parents panicked over the learner’s whereabouts 

His mother became worried when he didn’t return home as usual and informed her husband when he returned from work. The husband was also surprised because he said he received several messages from his son’s number indicating that he must call him. But when he called back, he didn’t answer.

The couple then enquired about their son’s whereabouts from his classmates. The fellow leaners confirmed that he didn’t attend classes on Friday and they never saw him.

Unknown suspect demand R 7 000 ransom 

Later in the evening at about 20:15, an unknown person called the family using the supposed victim’s number. He demanded R 7 000  threatening to kill the victim if they failed to comply.

The matter was immediately reported to the police and a case of kidnapping was opened.

Immediate action was taken by deploying a special team that included the SAPS hostage negotiators, for thorough investigation and possible arrest of the culprits. Investigation revealed that the victim was in Tafelkop under the Motetema policing area.

 The team made observations at various homesteads in Tafelkop. The supposed suspect arrived at the scene and he led the team to where the victim was. 

Learner and friend confess to faking kidnapping 

The victim was taken along with his 24-year-old accomplice for questioning. The duo was arrested after they confessed to have conspired and faked the kidnapping in order to get the money from the family.

 The two suspects will appear before the Mdutjana Magistrate’s Court in Siyabuswa on Monday, 13 March. They face a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud and uttery.

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