Young couple arrested after faking kidnapping and demanded ransom

Young couple who are both aged 20 from Matric, Mpumalanga, busted after faking kidnapping and demanding a R1m ransom.

According to News24, they are expected to appear in the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court on Monday for defeating the ends of justice.

“Information at police’s disposal revealed that on October 10, 2019, a case of kidnapping was opened at Bushbuckridge police station, where one of the suspects, a 20-year-old Grade 12 learner was reported missing.

“After a missing person’s report was filed with the police, it is reported that her mother then received a cellphone message demanding the above-mentioned ransom,” police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said in a statement on Friday.

Further investigation led police to the discovery that the boyfriend – whom it is alleged colluded with the girlfriend – used a different sim card in her cellphone to send the message to her mother.

On Thursday, police received information that the couple were seen together after the claimed disappearance.

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