MUST READ: 15-year-old kidnapped in Hillbrow by taxi driver

STOCK IMAGE. Family of a kidnapped teenager are appealing for help from the public.
STOCK IMAGE. Family of a kidnapped teenager are appealing for help from the public.

On the evening of 1 February, passengers in a minibus taxi were expecting to arrive in Hillbrow safely, however, the driver, together with his co-driver, took the passengers to a basement in Hillbrow.

Spokesperson of Hillbrow Police Station, Mdudzi Zondo said, “We are not yet sure of how many were in the minibus, but we predict it was full. The driver, together with the co-driver, did not take the passengers to their expected destinations.”

After taking the passengers to the basement, the two suspects assaulted the passengers while demanding money from them in order to release them.

The teenager that went missing after the incident.

The teenager that went missing after the incident.

A couple who had been held hostage managed to escape, however, their 15-year-old daughter was left behind. Zondo said, “The mother and father rushed to the police station and notified us of what had happened.”

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The parents indicated that other victims managed to escape as well, however, no other reports from other passengers have been made at Hillbrow Police Station.

“Hillbrow police arrived where the victims had directed them to, however, upon their arrival, no one was in the basement where they had been held hostage,” said Zondo.

According to Zondo, investigating detectives have been working around the clock with the information supplied by the two victims and have managed to arrest four suspects.

“Four people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and have been detained at Hillbrow Police Station for questioning.”

The parents of the missing girl are appealing to the community to assist in finding their daughter.

Details: Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo 082 580 7974.

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