A 45-year-old police officer and an accomplice were arrested in Brits on Sunday after they allegedly kidnapped two men and the police officer shot at fellow police officers at a shopping centre in Brits.
Warrant Officer Simon Ndambi, a police officer from Pretoria and his accomplice, Dipuo Mokwena (50), appeared in the Brits magistrates’ court on Tuesday on charges of kidnapping, extortion, attempted murder, common robbery and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm. Each were granted R500 bail and will reappear in court on 21 April 2020.
The two suspects were arrested on Sunday after a father from Brits contacted the police about the alleged kidnapping of his 27-year-old son.
According police spokesperson, Col Adele Myburgh, the father told police that his son was kidnapped by suspects who pretended to be police officers. A ransom for the release of his son was demanded. “The police accompanied the father to the Safari Park residential complex where the money exchange was going to take place. Ndambi was waiting in his Volkswagen Polo for the victim to deliver the money. He subsequently ran away and hid inside the security guard room after being confronted by the police. He allegedly fired a shot towards the police officers who returned fire,” she said.
Brits police officers managed to arrest him and seized his firearm and vehicle.
“The police then proceeded to a farm where the complainant’s son and another victim aged 26, were found. The victims who were found handcuffed with cable ties, were taken to a local hospital for treatment due to assault injuries. Further investigation resulted in the arrest of the second accused, Dipuo Mokwena (50) at Rooikoppies near Brits. A Toyota Hilux bakkie belonging to one of the victims was also recovered.”
The police also established that the second victim’ sister was also contacted by the accused to extort money from her. She was allegedly instructed to deposit the money into one of the victim’s account.
Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena applauded the police in Brits for their speedy reaction which saved the lives of the kidnapped victims and led to the arrest of the accused.