JUST IN: Edenvale man reunited with son after border kidnapping

An Edenvale father lived a parent’s worst nightmare when his 22-year-old son was kidnapped at the South Africa border with Zimbabwe on Sunday.
He was reunited with his son last night.
According to Edenvale SAPS’ acting communications officer, Warrant Officer Jean Olckers, the father opened a case of kidnapping on Monday at about 10.30am.
The father of the 22-year-old man told the SAPS that communication ended with his son when the bus he was traveling on broke down at the border. The son told his father he would be traveling further in the Quantum minibus. The minibus driver had offered to assist a few of the passengers and transport them to Gauteng.
“The nightmare began when the passengers’ cellular phones and money were taken by the drivers. The passengers included the man’s son. The father received a call at 1am stating he must pay an amount of R3 000 or his son will be dead,” said W/O Olckers.
When the father approached the Edenvale SAPS, officers and other police units, including the Tembisa SAPS Cluster duty officer, took action and set out on a search for the man’s son and the suspects.
At about 7pm last night, the father was reunited with his son after family and police intervention lead them to Yeoville where they found him and the other passengers of the minibus.

“The suspects fled as the SAPS was hot on their trail. The case will be further investigated to bring the culprits to book,” said W/O Olckers.
He said other travellers are urged not to trust just anybody when crossing the border and to make use of legitimate transport or organisations to prevent ordeals like this.

Sascha-Lee Solomons

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