Police apprehend truck driver for kidnapping

Police apprehend truck driver for kidnapping
Police apprehend truck driver for kidnapping. Image source: Pixabay

A 44-year-old truck driver is expected to appear before the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 02 October 2023, for the alleged kidnapping of a 24-year-old woman.

According to information, a man and his wife hitch hiked on a truck from Bela-Bela en-route to Klerksdorp on Wednesday evening, 27 September 2023. That is after the driver told the couple that he was going to Cape Town via Rustenburg. The couple then agreed that they will drive with him until in Rustenburg. Along the way, the driver made several stops. It was at Brits Total Garage, Alpha crossing that the man alighted the truck to go and buy food leaving his wife sleeping on the bed behind the seats. Upon his return, he found neither the truck nor his wife. The matter was reported to the police and the search for the truck immediately ensued.

On Thursday, 28 October 2023, a team comprising of Brits Detectives, Crime Intelligence, Visible Policing and District Officers continued with the search. The truck was eventually tracked via the CCTV footage and the owner contacted. He confirmed the tracking movements of the truck including the exact location. As a result, the truck was found just before entering Thabazimbi. The driver conceded during questioning that, indeed he gave the complaint and his wife a lift and that while the husband was out of the truck at Total Garage to buy food, he drove off with his wife. Furthermore, the driver informed the police that he left the victim at a petrol filling station in Mooinooi and proceeded to Rustenburg. Consequently, the woman was found at Mooinooi police station where she went to seek help. The 44-year-old truck driver was then arrested and charged with kidnapping.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, commended the team work displayed by both the SAPS members in conjunction with private security companies’ personnel. He warned that those who continue to perpetrate crimes against the most vulnerable of our society, will have to face the full might of the law.

Content retrieved from: https://www.saps.gov.za/newsroom/msspeechdetail.php?nid=48687.