44 Year old Dawood Safla and his employee Shafee who were kidnapped during a robbery at a scrap yard in Pinewood Road – Ottawa have been located.
Today (Monday) at approximately 17:32 members of Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the business by an employee reporting the incident. Upon arrival it was established that three men entered the property and produced firearms.
Staff managed to lock a security gate preventing the gunmen from entering. The suspects then forced Safla and one of his employees into his Toyota Hilux bakkie and sped off.
Reaction Officers and the Verulam SAPS tracked and recovered the bakkie abandoned on an unpaved road in D 827 – Inanda. The victims could not be located.
The suspects made contact with Safla’s family and demanded a ransom which was paid. Several law enforcement agencies which included private security and Police as well as relatives of the missing men & members of the public searched for the kidnap victims who were eventually located on Inanda Road.
The two explained that they were being tortured and burnt with pieces of plastic while being held captive. The victims were restrained with cable ties. The suspects threatened to murder them if the ransom was not paid.
The victims were transported to the Verulam SAPS and are currently being interviewed by Police.