Five men charged with the attempted kidnapping of a Chinese businesswoman in Cape Town

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14 September 2022

A high-speed chase ended in the arrest of five suspects who have been charged with the attempted kidnapping of a Chinese businesswoman.

The five from Gugulethu and Khayelitsha appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where the matter was postponed to October 6 for a bail application.

The five face charges of attempted kidnapping, possession of a stolen vehicle and of a firearm and ammunition following their arrest on Saturday.

The State said: “On September 10 at 4pm, the victim, who is a business owner, closed the store at China Town shopping centre in Ottery and noticed the accused in a Chevrolet looking at her through their window.

“She got into her vehicle. One of the accused came to her vehicle and then went back to the Chevrolet.

“She drove and parked the car behind the shop and alerted security. A car chase ensued at the time – security drove behind the victim.

“The victim then drove on the M5, she jumped a red robot and the accused followed. She spotted a police vehicle, stopped the vehicle and informed them of what was taking place.

“The police then gave chase after the accused and caught up with them.”

Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said the accused were taken into custody following the discovery of an illegal firearm.

“In their vehicle, they discovered a prohibited firearm whose serial number had been filed off and rounds of ammunition.

“Upon further searching the vehicle, Lansdowne police also found vehicle licence plates that did not match the disc displayed on the vehicle,” Potelwa said.