The Police in Mpumalanga through SAPS Nelspruit and Crime Intelligence conducted their ad hoc operation on Thursday 13 January 2022.
The Police received information regarding a kidnapping which was reported at Johannesburg Central Police Station involving a human trafficker based in Mpumalanga in Malelane and Valencia.
The Information further indicated that two Pakistani nationals were trafficked to South Africa via Malawi to Mozambique. Upon arrival in South Africa the trafficker held them hostage.
The family of one of the victims paid an undisclosed amount of money for his release.
The second victim’s family was communicating with the kidnappers and reported the case to the SAPS in Johannesburg Central Police Station. Information was followed up and the kidnapper was spotted near Valencia.
A high-speed chase ensued and the kidnapper escaped.
With the assistance of tracking company the kidnapper’s vehicle was located in the basement parking of Malelane . The vehicle was seized by the Police.
The trafficker is still at large however his identity is known to the police as a businessman in the Schoemansdal area.
A safe house where the victims were held was identified and led to the arrest of an undocumented Pakistani national who was identified by one of the victims as the safe house keeper, responsible to allow them to communicate with their families.
The Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in Mpumalanga Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has appreciated the dedication of the members for freeing the kidnapped person.