Kidnappers caught in sting

Police arrested three men for kidnapping, in the early hours of Monday February 13, in Brackenfell.

According to the Daily Voice, the men had abducted a 31-year-old businessman from Brackenfell on Friday night. The report said the men, aged 31, 28 and 20 from Strand, had demanded R10 000 ransom be dropped off at a fast-food restaurant in Old Paarl Road, in Brackenfell.

The man’s brother reported the kidnapping to the police on Saturday, the Daily Voice said.

Brackenfell police, neighbourhood watches and security companies set up a sting operation at the ransom collection point, blocking all exit routes, the report said.

The alleged kidnappers arrived at 3.15am on Monday to collect their ransom.

According to the report, two men exited the black VW Golf they had arrived in and police pounced. The driver of the vehicle tried to flee but was blocked by police and security company vehicles on Brackenfell Boulevard.

Police spokesman Captain FC Van Wyk said a kidnapping case was under investigation.

“The victim was found in the vehicle unharmed,” Captain Van Wyk said, adding that his family had identified him.