Feb 9, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Hitchhiker’s ‘kidnapper’ nabbed with nyaope and illegal gun

Mpumalanga Police are urging people not to hitchhike after a 32-year-old woman was allegedly held captive by a man who had taken her.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday arrested by police in Mzinti near Komatipoort. A firearm and drugs were seized from the home where the woman was being held.

Police spokesman Brig Selvy Mohlala said the woman hitchhiked around 7 p.m. Monday and was given a ride by a man. driving a gray VW Golf.

“On the way, the woman was given a drink and passed out.”

Mohlala said she woke up at midnight in a house she was taken to

She managed to escape and opened a case with Tonga Police Station.

The suspect, who is from KwaZulu-Natal, was found by police inside the home.

Officers discovered 392g of dagga, 44 bags of nyaope and a firearm with a serial number filed.

The Suspect faces charges including illegal possession of a firearm with ammunition and possession of illegal drugs, and could be linked to the woman’s kidnapping, Mohla said la.

“The investigative team will dig deeper to determine if the man is involved in similar incidents. Police cannot rule out the possibility of further charges against him.”

Mpumalanga Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Semakaleng Daphney Manamela urged people not to hitchhike as it could put their lives at risk.

“We hope that people will learn from this experience and try to use safer transport regardless of the cost.”

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