Four ap­pear in min­is­ter’s hi­jack­ing, kid­nap­ping case

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Nom­ahlubi Jor­daan

FOUR men ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the hi­jack­ing and ab­duc­tion of deputy jus­tice min­is­ter Tha­bang Mak­wetla ap­peared briefly in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

They are fac­ing charges of kid­nap­ping and rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum- stances. Their case was post­poned to June 5 for an iden­tity pa­rade to be done. The men can­not be named un­til then.

One sus­pect was ar­rested in Garankuwa on Mon­day‚ while the other men were ar­rested on Thurs­day.

Mak­wetla was driv­ing by him­self on Sun­day when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Po­lice say the men drove around with Mak­wetla and hos­pi­tal security guards‚ whom they had also ab­ducted.

They are al­leged to have taken Mak­wetla’s bank cards and cell­phone‚ and forced him and the guards into an­other ve­hi­cle. They al­legedly with­drew cash with the card be­fore dump­ing them in open veld in Ma­didi in the North West. – TMG Dig­i­tal/TimesLIVE

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