On 12 July 2023, the Welkom Magistrates’ Court ordered Molefi Johannes Qosheka (45) to pay R30 000-00 to a female victim in her 40s.
The payment is to be made by end of this month, July 2023.
He was appearing on charges relating to a kidnapping, extortion, possession of unwrought precious metal, and money laundering incident.
The victim is the wife of a Welkom mine manager.
She was kidnapped in November 2018 by Qosheka and his accomplices who had made demands for a ransom.
The woman was released from the clutches of her kidnappers after a hostage drama that lasted over 12 hours.
A multi-disciplinary team comprising members of Welkom Serious Organised Crime Investigation and relevant stakeholders cornered the accused and others following a three-day tracing operation.
The victim’s vehicle as well as a Nissan Tiida used to transport her to captivity were recovered.
Acting Free State Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Provincial Head, Brigadier Xolani Matroos has lauded efforts of the team working on this case. He added: “Anyone who infringes on the rights of another by kidnapping and hoping to make a quick buck shall be arrested. We are pleased that the court has shown intolerance towards those involved in organised crime, targeting the vulnerable, and holding them hostage. Instead of acceding to your ransom demands, we will arrest you.”
The matter against three other accused is set for 31 July 2023 for a trial date.