Date: 24 May 2022
The South African Police Services(SAPS) has sent a warning after yet another incident in which a 32-year-old woman escaped with her life from her captor who gave her a lift while hitchhiking on May 23, 2022. Fortunately, she was able to flee, and the culprit was apprehended by police at Mzinti near Komatipoort this morning, 24 May 2022. (in Nkomazi). At the house where the woman was being held, a handgun and drugs were seized.
According to the complaint, the woman was hitchhiking from Block-C Block-A at 19h00 on 23 May 2022 when a man driving a grey VW Golf approached her and offered her a lift.
The woman is said to have been given a drink along the way and then passed out. She was said to have awoken around midnight at a house she knew. She was held captive by a man who was supposedly in possession of a pistol, but she managed to flee and reach the main road.
After making it to the Tonga Police Station, the female victim reported the incident. The members promptly followed the victim's specific instructions and arrived at the residence where she had been held captive previously.
Fortunately, the culprit, who is from the KZN province, was quickly apprehended by the police. Members uncovered 392 grams of dagga and 44 sachets of nyaope in addition to the firearm and ammunition located in the suspect's possession at the scene. The perceptive members also discovered that the firearm's serial numbers had been filled in.
The investigating team will dive deeper into the case to see if the man has been involved in any other similar events. As the investigation proceeds, police cannot rule out the potential of filing additional accusations against him. He is currently charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as illegal narcotics possession, and could be connected to the woman's kidnapping.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, has expressed her concerns about some members of the community who continue to ignore countless pleas to avoid hitchhiking and thus falling prey to the snare of criminals who roam the streets looking for those they can devour, particularly on the roads where people are asking for lifts.We hope that people will learn from this experience and attempt to adopt safe ways of transportation regardless of cost," the General urged.
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