Malawian national among those arrested for the kidnap of businessman in South Africa

By Staff Reporter

A Malawian national has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a businessman in South Africa. South African Police rescued Vereeniging businessman Zaheer Asmal who was kidnapped from his business premises on Friday last week. Asmal is the owner of Fred’s Hardware in De Deur, in the south of Jobur

According to Police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe ,just before midnight on Monday, the task team led a multi-disciplinary operation consisting of members of the special task force (STF), the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), and assisted by private security.

“The team swooped in at three identified addresses, one in Lenasia South where the victim was found unharmed.

The car that was used to kidnap the businessman

“At this address, the police arrested the owner of the property, a 70-year-old Mozambican national,” said Mathe.

At the second address in Ennerdale, police found a dark grey Toyota Hilux bakkie and fake registration number plates which were allegedly utilised in committing the crime.

“One suspect, a Malawian national was arrested,” said Mathe.

“When the police arrived at the third address in Roodepoort, the police were met with gunfire, (but) fortunately none of the task team members sustained any injuries.

“One suspect, a South African national was arrested.

“One unlicensed firearm was also seized.”

All three suspects are facing charges relating to kidnapping and robbery with aggravated circumstances.