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Kidnapping for ransom – part two: top cop ‘tried to extort money from family’

A victim’s son relives the 17 days in which his father was missing that led to a colonel appearing in court

24 February 2022 - 19:37 By Tankiso Makhetha and Graeme Hosken

TimesLIVE Investigations found South African kidnapping-for-ransom syndicates emerged after gaining experience from their Mozambican counterparts, who started the scourge.

Rupha Natha was going about his life at his spice shop in Newtown, Johannesburg, oblivious of the drama that was about to unfold. Suddenly, two men grabbed him and tried to drag him to a nearby vehicle...

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