Gauteng police on Tuesday afternoon confirmed a 28-year-old kidnap victim was successfully rescued from a house in Vosloorus in Ekurhuleni.
National police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo said Tahseen Mateen Kardame, a religious leader, was kidnapped outside his father’s hardware store in Benoni on November 12.
Naidoo said a multidisciplinary integrated task team was activated after the incident.
After intensive investigations, the team arrested two suspects in Daveyton, including an Ekurhuleni metro police department official, at 11.30pm on Monday, he said.
Naidoo said the team continued the investigation which led them to Wattville in Benoni, where they arrested a third suspect at 9am on Tuesday.
“The investigations eventually led the team to a house in Vosloorus where the kidnap victim was rescued. Two more men were arrested, bringing to five the total number of suspects arrested thus far.”
On @eNCA at 1pm: Moulana Tahseen Mateen (28) who was kidnapped in Benoni earlier this month, has been rescued by Crime Intellegence and @visiontactical – He was found in Vosloorus. Five arrests have made including an EMPD officer. More arrests are expected. #Kidnappings pic.twitter.com/p2jeypIVlA
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) November 30, 2021
Naidoo said the suspects were all SA citizens between the ages of 29 and 72.
“One is a well-known cash-in-transit (CIT) robber who is out on bail.”
Naidoo said no ransom was paid.
The team recovered at least 15 cellphones and three firearms and ammunition.
The suspects are due to appear in the Benoni magistrate’s court on Thursday to face charges of kidnapping, extortion and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.