There is STILL no sign on Saturday morning of Riana Pretorius, a young biokineticist who was kidnapped outside a medical practice in Newton Park in Gqeberha on Thursday.
TWO WERE ARRESTED, AND R2 MILLION RANSON DEMANDED
The Hawks said not only have two people been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of 30-year-old Riana but a ransom of two million has also been demanded.
The Hawks are now searching for the third suspect who could possibly lead them to Riana.
RIANA PRETORIUS WAS KIDNAPPED OUTSIDE THE MEDICAL PRACTICE
Hawks Spokesperson for the Eastern Cape, Captain Yolisa Mgolodela, said they are following up on all possible leads.
Riana was kidnapped and forced into a white Toyota Corolla by armed men outside a medical practice in Newton Park in Gqeberha on Thursday morning.
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SHE WAS FORCED INTO A WHITE TOYOTA COROLLA BY ARMED MEN
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Mgolodela said the Hawks managed to arrest an armed man on Thursday afternoon and have the car that was used.
AN ARMED MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND POLICE HAVE LOCATED THE VEHICLE
Her family and friends have asked the public to continue to pray for her safe return.
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LAST YEAR A MOTHER WAS KIDNAPPED IN FRONT OF HER PLACE OF WORK
Last year, a Johannesburg mother was grabbed, pushed into silver Mercedes, and kidnapped as she was entering her place of work in Johannesburg.
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Anesha was kidnapped on June 28, at around 6:15 am, while entering Pepe’s Bakery, Lenasia South. She was grabbed, pushed into a silver Mercedes, and kidnapped as she was entering her place of work.
The motive for her kidnapping is believed to have been for ransom, but police nor family members could confirm this yet.
KIDNAPPINGS IN SOUTH AFRICA ARE RAPIDLY INCREASING
Kidnappings surged in South Africa in the second quarter of the year, with over 4 000 cases reported to the police between July and September 2022.
The rate doubled compared to the same period last year. Total contact crimes increased by 18.5% during this period under review.